Jack Thorne's

Let the Right One In

Jack Thorne

Matt Hassall

The Carne Studio Theatre

Tuesday 29 June at 7:45pm
Wednesday 30 June at 2:15pm
Wednesday 30 June at 7:45pm
Thursday 1 July at 7.45pm

About the show

“I’m nothing. Not a child. Not old. Not a boy. Not a girl. Nothing.”

Oskar is being bullied. He doesn’t want to admit it, but it’s true. He’s lonely too. He doesn’t want to admit that either.

A man and his daughter move in next door. There is something strange about them. They shout all the time. And the girl, she’s not afraid of anything. She has money, she speaks like she’s from a bygone era and her smell...

Jack Thorne’s Let the Right One In is based on the innovative vampire novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and subsequent films in both Swedish and English.

By arrangement with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd

Let the Right One In, a stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Jack Thorne’s plays for the stage include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre, London, 2016); The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae Theatre Company); Hope (Royal Court Theatre, London, 2014); adaptations of Let the Right One In (National Theatre of Scotland at Dundee Rep, the Royal Court and the Apollo Theatre, London, 2013/14) and Stuart: A Life Backwards (Underbelly, Edinburgh, and tour, 2013); Mydidae (Soho, 2012; Trafalgar Studios, 2013); an adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse, 2012); Bunny (Underbelly, Edinburgh, 2010; Soho, 2011); 2nd May 1997 (Bush, 2009); Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (National Theatre Connections, 2008); When You Cure Me (Bush, 2005; Radio 3’s Drama on Three, 2006); Fanny and Faggot (Pleasance, Edinburgh, 2004 and 2007; Finborough, 2007; English Theatre of Bruges, 2007; Trafalgar Studios, 2007); and Stacy (Tron, 2006; Arcola, 2007; Trafalgar Studios, 2007). His radio plays include Left at the Angel (Radio 4, 2007), an adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2009) and an original play People Snogging in Public Places (Radio 3’s Wire slot, 2009). He was a core writer in all three series of Skins (E4, Channel 4, BBC America), writing five episodes. His other TV writing includes National Treasure, The Last Panthers, Glue, The Fades (2012 BAFTA for Best Drama Series), Shameless, Cast-Offs, This is England ’86 (2011 Royal Television Society Award for Best Writer – Drama), This is England ’88, This is England ’90 and the 30-minute drama The Spastic King. His work for film includes the features War Book, A Long Way Down, adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel, and The Scouting Book for Boys, which won him the Star of London Best Newcomer Award at the London Film Festival 2009.

Matt Hassall is a theatre director and practitioner who is originally from Manchester and now based in London.

Credits as director: Earthquakes in London (LAMDA), Trixie (The Old Vic), Piano Play (The Other Palace/Wee Coo/Tour), What Was Left (Southwark Playhouse), The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Ceremony, Mixtape, The Factory and We Were Told There Was Dancing (all for Royal Exchange Theatre and the latter nominated at Production of the Year in the Manchester Evening News Awards), The Ballad of Rudy (New Wolsey Theatre), Belonging (Hope Mill Theatre), I Forget Your Name (Take Back Theatre), The Burnley Buggers Ball (Inkbrew Productions, touring), The Little Things (Bolton Octagon Theatre, touring), Don’t Tell The Kids (Contact Theatre) and In My Bed (24:7 Theatre Festival and nominated as Best Production in the Manchester Theatre Awards).

As associate director: Queens of the Coal Age (Royal Exchange Theatre and New Vic Theatre), Nothing and Brink (Royal Exchange Theatre).

As assistant director: Shadowlands (Chichester Festival Theatre) and All I Want is One Night (Royal Exchange Theatre).

Matt was a resident director at Almeida Theatre and the Young Company Director at Royal Exchange Theatre from 2014-2018, seeing the company win School of the Year at The Stage Awards in 2018.

He has also worked with LAMDA and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and is an associate artist of the National Youth Theatre.

London-based Canadian producer Marla Rubin began her career working in documentary films. Her multi-award winning stage productions follow documentary film's practice of speaking truth to power – by championing the inspirational stories of society's misfits and outsiders.

After obtaining the stage rights to the cult classic Swedish novel and film Let the Right One In, Ms Rubin commissioned and produced the stage adaptation in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland. Following the production’s launch at the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 2013, Rubin transferred the show to the Royal Court and then on to the Apollo Theatre in the West End prior to its American premiere at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York. The production won Melvyn Bragg’s 2014 South Bank Award for Best New Play in the UK, and was nominated for 4 New York Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play. Ms Rubin has since produced the play in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway and Romania, as well mounting a tour of the USA. Upcoming productions in 2021 include shows in Australia, Korea, Israel and South Africa, as well as a tour of the United Kingdom. 

Prior to this, Rubin produced The Mountaintop at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End. The show won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, and transferred to Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in 2012 starring Samuel L. Jackson. The production has toured throughout the United States and Canada.

As her first theatrical venture, Rubin commissioned and launched the multi-award winning Festen at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End at the Lyric Theatre in 2004 (London Evening Standard Award: Best Director and Best Design (2004); Critic's Circle Award: Best Director (2004); WhatsOnStage Award: Best New Play (2005); Sydney Theatre Award: Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design (2005) and five Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play (2005), before transferring it to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre in 2006 and producing the play in 20 countries around the world. 

Rubin is currently developing a comedy variety show for the London stage.

Contains scenes of an adult nature, scenes of a distressing nature, strobe lighting, loud noises and periods of darkness or low light.

If you would like further information, please contact the box office.

Photos: Natalie Mitchell

Creative Team

Matt Hassall

Assistant Director
Jess Haygarth

Set Designer
Natasha Jenkins

Costume & Associate Set Designer
Grace Venning

Lighting Designer
Luca Panetta

Music & Sound Designer
Hattie North

Movement Director
Emily Holt

Voice Coach
Amanda Stephens-Lee


Jonny / Oskar's Dad
Eduardo Ackerman

Halmberg / Kurt / Stefan
Lottie Amor

Oskar’s Mum
Evangeline Beaven

Hakan / Jimmy
Brandon Boruch

Clara Courty-Zanca

William Darling

Micke / Nils
Sophia Papadopoulos

Mr Avilla / Torkel / Jocke / Janne
John Paul Wagner

Production Team

Production Manager
Ruth Burgon

Stage Manager on the Book ​​​​​​
Charli Stephens-King

Technical Stage Manager & Chief LX
Rob Brown

Assistant Stage Manager
Steph Siraut

Technical Stage Manager
Megan Bishop

Props Assistant
Sophia Markou

Sound Assistant
Ewen Roberts

Production Carpenter
Tiago Stricker

Construction Crew
Jas Fuller
Steph Siraut

Assistant Director & Camera Operator
Jess Haygarth

Streaming Supervisor
Josette Shipp

Camera Operators
Molly Goodison
Lucas Harle

Costume Supervisor
Fran Levin

Costume Assistant
Lesley McKirdy

Photos: Alex Brenner