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Let The Right One In at the Royal Court

Published 8 April 2014

What’s it all about?

Let The Right One In is many things. It’s a love story between two teenagers. It’s a crime thriller about a spate of killings in a rural neighbourhood. But above all it’s a vampire story about a bullied schoolboy who finds solace in the arms of a young girl with a dark and bloody secret.

Who’s in it?

Many of the original cast members from the play’s run at the Royal Court have returned for its West End season. Rebecca Benson continues to shock and disturb as Eli, ripping flesh from the necks of her co-stars one minute and oozing innocence the next. Cristian Ortega and Graeme Dalling continue to intimidate as Oskar’s relentlessly hurtful bullies. And Martin Quinn continues to steal the show as the tortured teenager pushed to breaking point by his tormentors, combining fear and touching wit in his portrayal of Oskar.

What should I look out for?

The much talked about ceiling of the Apollo Theatre, which has been masked by a beautifully painted moonlit night sky scene while it undergoes its renovation.

Who was in the press night crowd?

The team behind this stunning production were out in force last night. Director John Tiffany, movement director Steven Hoggett and the Royal Court’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone were accompanied by theatre owner Nica Burns and actor Nick Moran.

In a nutshell?

Every aspect of the production shines, from Christine Jones’ stunning set to Jack Thorne’s compelling script, bringing this brutal vampire story to the stage with an ethereal beauty.

What’s being said on Twitter?

@BeckiHawkes Pleased that #LetTheRightOneIn at the Apollo is getting great reviews! Final scenes left me crying, but oh-so happy. Just like film & book.

@dannyboyfriar In awe from Let The Right One In. Not often I see a show and genuinely pause to say “how did they do that?!”. #lettherightonein

Will I like it?

If you’re particularly squeamish, this isn’t for you. If you have a fear of drowning, it probably won’t be your cup of tea either. If, however, you have the slightest affection for The Twilight Saga, are a fan of Hoggett’s movement direction – last seen on the Apollo’s stage in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – or just want to see a compelling story beautifully told on stage your trip to the show will be hugely rewarding.

Let The Right One In is booking until 27 September. You can book tickets through us.


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