Media Release: NTS and Tiffany bring cult Swedish film, Let the Right One In, to the Scottish stage for UK Premiere


UK premiere

National Theatre of Scotland by arrangement with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd and Bill Kenwright, in association with Dundee Rep Theatre present

Let the Right One In        

A stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and screenplay of the film

by John Ajvide Lindqvist, directed by John Tiffany, with associate direction by Steven Hoggett, featuring music by Ólafur Arnalds, set design by Christine Jones, lighting design by Chahine Yavroyan, sound design by Gareth Fry and special effects design by Jeremy Chernick.

At Dundee Rep Theatre from 5 to 29 June 2013, with a press performance on 8 June at 7.30pm.

The full cast is: Rebecca Benson, Paul Thomas Hickey, Lorraine M McIntosh, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega, Martin Quinn, Chris Reilly, Stuart Ryan, Ewan Stewart.

TONY and Olivier Award-winning director, John Tiffany heads up a world-class creative team to bring the cult Swedish romantic horror film, Let the Right One In, to the Scottish stage.

The production is playing at Dundee Rep Theatre in June 2013 by arrangement with Marla Rubin (producer of The Mountaintop, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2010) and leading West End theatre and film producer, Bill Kenwright, in association with Dundee Rep Theatre.

Rubin and Kenwright previously produced the stage adaptation of another successful cult Scandinavian film, Festen, in 2004.

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s original 2004 novel Let the Right One In and Tomas Alfredson’s (Director of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,Spy)  subsequent 2008 film of the same name, also written by Ajvide Lindqvist, have both received widespread critical acclaim.

Let the Right One In is a tender, funny and brutal love story following the burgeoning relationship between Oskar, a lonely, bullied teenage boy and Eli, a young, centuries-old young vampire who befriends him.

John will be working with Steven Hoggett as Associate Director; the two previously worked together on Black Watch and The Bacchae for the National Theatre of Scotland and most recently on Once (winner of eight Tony awards and currently playing on Broadway and the West End).

The production will feature John and Steven’s trademark high physicality and lyricism in the telling of this horror story and music by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, who recently created the score for the successful ITV detective series Broadchurch.

The adaption of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel and film is by Jack Thorne, one of the original creators and writers of hit Channel 4 show, Skins, who in May last year, uniquely won writing BAFTAs for both The Fades and This Is England ’88. Jack has also recently adapted for stage, Alexander Masters’ bestselling debut novel Stuart: A Life Backwards which will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

John Tiffany’s previous work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth, Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow.

For Black Watch, John won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director, as well as a Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director, a Scotsman Fringe First, a Herald Angel and a Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland. Recent work includes Once (New York Theater Workshop, Broadway and the West End).

For Once John won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical and an Obie Award.

John Tiffany has recently been appointed associate director at the Royal Court. He previously held this post at the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012.

Other is a transmedia community project inspired by Let The Right One In and by the city of Dundee itself. Other is a creative project which has included a 48-hour short film challenge entitled Two Days of Darkness, writing workshops, a games jam which invited developers to design a new game, and an online scrapbook. Other will culminate in the creation of the National Theatre of Scotland’s first ever iPhone app – a location-based alternative-reality sound adventure game, leading users on their own horror journey through the “other” Dundee. For further information visit

The game has been created in partnership with Dundee based independent games development studio Quartic Llama, in association with University of Abertay Dundee and Dundee Rep and with support from Arts & Business Scotland.


Lorraine M McIntosh – Mother   

Lorraine has previously worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on Men Should Weep (2011) and Beautiful Burnout (2010). Lorraine’s first foray into professional acting was in 1998 in Ken Loach’s award-winning film My Name is Joe. Prior to this, she focussed on being a vocalist, musician and songwriter with Deacon Blue, who released the album The Hipsters in 2012. She is now also part of the duo McIntoshRoss with her husband Ricky Ross. Other theatre credits include Sixteen (Arches) and Mum’s the Word (Robert C Kelly Productions). Television work includes Happy Holidays, Hope Springs, Taggart, Psychos, Life Support and three years as a regular cast member on BBC Scotland’s River City. Film work includes Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself and Aberdeen.

Ewan Stewart - Hakan  

Ewan has worked previously with the National Theatre of Scotland on Beautiful Burnout (2010-2012). Other theatre credits include Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company), Oh Go My Man, At the Table, Almost Nothing, Sacred Heart, Trade and Bluebird (Royal Court, London), Green Field (Traverse, Edinburgh). Television work includes River City, Walter’s War, Taggart, Rebus, Only Fools and Horses, Time of your Life, The Somme, Malice Aforethought, Dirty War and POW.  Film work includes Valhalla Rising, Eliminate Archie Cookson, One Last Chance, Conspiracy, Rob Roy, Titanic, Kafka, Stella Does Tricks, The Big Brass Ring and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

Rebecca Benson –  Eli                                                                                                                                             

Rebecca is soon to be appearing in the third season of the popular ITV detective drama, Vera starring acting legend Brenda Blethyn and David Leon. She has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on The Wheel (2011), Little Otik (2008), 365 (2008). Rebecca recently played the role of Lucy in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Threesixty) in 2012.

Martin Quinn – Oskar                                                                                                                                                            

This is Martin’s first professional acting role in theatre. He is a member of Scottish Youth Theatre and prior to that was a member of PACE Youth Theatre and Spires Theatre School in his home town of Paisley. He has made a brief appearance in BBC Scotland’s Limmy’s Show.

Cristian Ortega – Micke                                                                                                                                                

Cristian has recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Previous theatre credits include Dominic Hill’s King Lear at the Citizens and Paddy Cuneen’s Fleeto.

Paul Thomas Hickey – Kurt, Dad, Stefan                                                                                                                                

Paul’s recent credits include Quiz Show at the Traverse, Edinburgh and the film Shell. He has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland previously on The Wheel. Other theatre credits include What We Know, The Slab Boys Trilogy, Gagarin Way, Passing Places (Traverse, Edinburgh), Romeo and Juliet, The Talented Mr Ripley, If Destroyed True (Dundee Rep), Strawberries in January, Crave (Paines Plough), San Diego, The Tempest (Tron, Glasgow), Mainstream and Timeless ( Suspect Culture). Other film and TV credits include Believe, Perfect Sense, Hope Springs, The Bill, Taggart, Nightlife, Cardiac Arrest, The Jacobites, Sweetest Feeling and Tinseltown.

Angus Miller – Torkel, Janne, Jimmy                                                                                                                      

Angus Miller is also making his professional theatre debut with the National Theatre of Scotland. He has recently graduated from Drama Centre London, and is delighted to be debuting in his home town of Dundee.

Chris Reilly – Halmberg, Mr Avila, Jocke

Chris has appeared in many roles on TV. Recent TV productions include Game Of Thrones (HBO), Eastenders, Hidden and Silent Witness for the BBC and Homefront for ITV.

Stuart Ryan – Jonny

Stuart made his professional debut in the 2012 tour of Beautiful Burnout for the National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly. Film and television credits include How Not to Live Your Life (BBC3) and Richard II (BYFA).


An age guide of 15 + is suggested for this production.

Venue:  Dundee Rep Theatre

Dates and Times: Wednesday 5 – Saturday 29 June at 7.30pm

Matinees: Thursday 13, Saturday 15, 22 and 29 at 2.30pm

Ticket prices: Previews (5, 6 and 7 June) and matinees: all tickets £9

All other performances: £13 – £17 (concessions available)

Box office:  01382 223530 online booking:

Accessible performances:  Wednesday 26 June– captioned, Thursday 27June – audio described, Friday 28June – BSL

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