London's Apollo Theatre to Re-Open with West End Transfer of Let the Right One In
By Mark Shenton
The West End's Apollo Theatre, shuttered since a partial collapse of its ceiling plaster injured more than 80 people, seven of them seriously, mid-performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Dec.19, is to re-open. The National Theatre of Scotland production of Let the Right One In, previously seen in London at the Royal Court, will transfer there, beginning performances March 26, prior to an official opening April 7.
According to a press statement, the fourth (balcony) level and above has been sealed by the construction of a new temporary floor that has been built under the supervision of and signed off by the District Surveyors Department of Westminster City Council and the Health and Safety Executive. When it opens the theatre will have been meticulously refurbished by three separate teams of contractors and their specialist craftsmen – one for the auditorium, one for the front of house areas and one for the backstage and dressing room block.
The cause of the accident is still being investigated by Westminster City Council with the theatre’s full co-operation. In a press statement, Nica Burns, CEO of Nimax Theatres stated, "If there was a simple answer we would know it by now. The fact that we don't know, points to a complex set of circumstances. Our solution to reopen the theatre enables performances to take place safely whilst this important investigation continues."
Based on the Swedish novel and cult film by John Ajvide Lindq, Let the Right One In is described as a chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend. It revolves around Oskar, a lonely boy from a broken home. He's bullied at school and is longing for friendship. Eli is a troubled girl who’s just moved in next door. She never goes to school and is compelled to fill an eternal emptiness. When a series of brutal killings plagues the neighbourhood, these two young misfits make a deep connection, sensing in each other a kindred spirit. But the shocking truth about Eli tests Oskar’s loyalty - and love - beyond all imaginable limits,
The production is directed by John Tiffany, also currently represented in the West End and on Broadway by Once, for which he won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and in London by The Pass now playing at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (through March 1). His Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie closed Feb. 23. Tiffany has recently been appointed associate director at thee Royal Court, after previously being associate at National Theatre of Scotland.
The book and film has been adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne, whose plays include Mydidae, When You Cure Me and Bunny. The creative team also includes associate director Steven Hoggett and designer Christine Jones, the latter of whom will also design a new cyclorama to take the world of the play into the auditorium itself, adding an immersive dimension to the event.
Rebecca Benson and Martin Quinn will reprise their roles as Eli and Oskar. Other cast members include Graeme Dalling, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega and Susan Vidler. Marla Rubin Productions and Bill Kenwright present a National Theatre of Scotland production in association with the Royal Court Theatre.
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