‘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.
Playwright Dawn King, whose new play Ciphers is set to open at the Bush theatre in the new year, has been awarded the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award for her 2011 rural drama Foxfinder.