Previewed 26 March 2014, Opened 7 April 2014, Closed 30 August 2014 at the Apollo Theatre in London
National Theatre of Scotland present John Tiffany's acclaimed production of John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let The Right One In in London, adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne, for a strictly limited season.
A chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend. Oskar is a lonely boy from a broken home. He's bullied at school and is longing for friendship. Eli is a troubled girl who's just moved in next door. She never goes to school and is compelled to fill an eternal emptiness. When a series of brutal killings plagues the neighbourhood, these two young misfits make a deep connection, sensing in each other a kindred spirit. But the shocking truth about Eli tests Oskar's loyalty - and love - beyond all imaginable limits.
Based on the Swedish novel and cult-hit film by John Ajvide Lindqvist this production transfers to London's West End following a successful season at the Royal Court Theatre. Please note that the age recommendation for this production is 13 plus.
The cast features Martin Quinn as 'Oskar' and Rebecca Benson as 'Eli' with Graeme Dalling, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega and Susan Vidler. This production is directed by John Tiffany with designs by Christine Jones, lighting by Chahine Yavroyan, sound by Gareth Fry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick and music by Olafur Arnalds.
Are you going to invite me in?... What are you?... What do you think I am?... If you invite me in it will be easier... Do you want to kill me?... Are we still in love, Oskar?... Are you going to invite me in, Oskar?... What happens if I don't?...
When this production in London Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that "there are some gratifyingly scary scenes in this touching and quirky vampire drama... John Tiffany's fine production - first staged by the National Theatre of Scotland and then at the Royal Court in a canny adaptation by Jack Thorne - strikes me as being every bit as good as the disconcerting original movie. It's less weird, but much warmer, though it certainly doesn't short-change the audience when it comes to thrills and chills." In the Daily Mail Quentin Letts said "though I dislike vampire stories, this one is slickly done, director John Tiffany engineering coups de theatre amid threatening chords of gloom music," adding that this was "a vampire story which has you leaping out of your skin in a couple of places." Lyn Gardner in the Guardian described it as being an "exquisitely beautiful and heartbreakingly sad staging of John Ajvide Lindqvist's cult Swedish vampire novel," going on to say that "the ambiguities of the story, its comic potential and lingering tragedies, are not shirked, and Tiffany's production is so painfully tender that, as you watch the show, it feels as if layers of your skin are gradually being flayed from your body." Over in the Daily Express Neil Norman thought that although it is "slow to start, it leaps into life in the second half, haemorrhaging satisfying shocks. Director John Tiffany adds music and dance to sustain an atmosphere that the leaden dialogue fails to deliver." Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard commented that "there's an air of wistfulness, longing and loneliness to John Tiffany's appealing, occasionally ethereal production, which is underscored by a thrillingly haunting soundscape from Gareth Fry."
"Jack Thorne's adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In has clearly been inspired by a lot of the old Hammer horrors... In other respects, however, Rebecca Benson's ethereal vampire child is unlike any of her screen predecessors: she has a personal hygiene problem and she is Scottish. She also has an ethical bloodsucking policy and manages to refrain from going for the jugular of her boyfriend Oskar (Martin Quinn). John Tiffany's production is a strange, weird, dark piece that just about works because of the affecting chemistry between its youthful principals." The Sunday Telegraph
"This vampire tale is based on a highly successful book, which has already been turned into two smash-hit films. But this play is arguably the best version yet. Funny, tragic and brutally violent, Let The Right One In is beautifully staged, with a stunning, winterforest set, which is brought to life by some amazing technical tricks... Rebecca Benson is jagged and awkward as the vampire Eli and Martin Quinn is a gawky Oskar. Both give excellent performances, while the rest of the cast keep the production moving swiftly along. This is another hit from the National Theatre of Scotland that is bound to live forever. Well, for a long time at least." The Sunday Mirror
"Even those who've had it up to their necks with vampire storylines should be sucked in by the National Theatre of Scotland's stage reworking of John Ajvide Lindqvist's cult Swedish novel. A sensitive teen romance with a disturbing difference, it's as much about insatiable need, the guarded miseries of adolescence and wider societal failings as it is about bloodletting... John Tiffany's production sometimes tries too hard to be lingeringly soulful, but it gets a lot right, from the snow and birch tree-covered set to the heart-puncturing bond between Oskar and Eli. It's both queasy and sweetly quixotic, and the relationship between the preying and the preyed-upon is anything but simple in Jack Thorne's adaptation. Never mind the vampirism, suburban life is harrowing enough." The Sunday Times
The play Let the Right One In in London at the Apollo Theatre previewed from 26 March 2014, opened on 7 April 2014 and closed on 30 August 2014 - was originally booking up to 27 September 2014.