‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the warehouse, a creature was stirring, it was a sad elf. A man left his home with pyjamas to wear, in hopes that some mind-bending drugs would be there.
There are films that feel as if they could jump off the screen and on to the stage. Swedish cult horror Let The Right One In is not one of those films. But that is why John Tiffany has an Olivier Award sitting on his mantelpiece and I do not.
The National Theatre has big shoes to fill when presenting a new family production. The huge success of War Horse and His Dark Materials must make the prospect a daunting one, but Bijan Sheibani proves once again it’s the heart of the show that truly matters, not the elaborate puppets or epic storyline.
It is hard to believe that it was almost 18 months ago that Michael Grandage announced his star-studded West End season, which since December last year has brought us critically acclaimed performances from Olivier Award winners and Hollywood legends.
The Bush theatre’s auditorium may have been filled with the fumes of freshly applied paint last night but that was the only thing fresh about it, with a perfectly replicated grotty changing room the centrepiece...