Vampire Play at Apollo to Give Starring Role to Its Patched-Up Ceiling

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

THE first show to open at the Apollo Theatre since the roof fell in is to make the new temporary ceiling part of the production design.

A new floor has been installed for the time-being at the balcony level of the theatre while assessment and maintenance work takes place above.

Theatre designer Christine Jones is using the new false roof as part of the staging for the transfer of the Royal Court's vampire drama, Let The Right One In, which opens next week.

She aims to install a cyclorama a panoramic painting on the inside of a cylindrical platform above the audience in the stalls, covering the temporary floor.

She hopes to create a full "immersive experience" taking "the world of the play into the auditorium".

Details emerged as lawyers for those affected by the ceiling collapse called on the building's owner to provide full details of new safety measures to pre-vent another incident. More than 70 people were injured last December after parts of the roof crumbled during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. …