Colin Morgan in his professional stage debut (he has not yet graduated from drama school) plays Vernon – a 15-year-old falsely accused of assisting his friend murder their classmates – leading an ensemble comprising Lorraine Bruce, Andrew Clark, Mariah Gale, Penny Layden, Mark Lockyer, Nathan Osgood, Joanna Scanlan and Ray Shell.
Critics were quick to note the play's "cruel but commercially valuable timing" in light of the recent Virginia Tech massacre. They went on to praise Tanya Ronder’s fast-paced adaptation of the 2003 novel matched by a flexible set designed by Ian MacNeil and vigorous direction from Rufus Norris, whose productions of Afore Night Come and Festen have earned him two Evening Standard Awards.
- by Malcolm Rock
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