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Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

By John Ajvide Lindqvist
Adapted by Jack Thorne
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848423749, 88 pages, November 2013


A dark and visceral coming-of-age vampire love story, based on the acclaimed novel and film.

Oskar is a bullied, lonely, teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate at the edge of town, when a spate of sinister killings rocks the neighbourhood.

Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn't know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time…

Jack Thorne's adaptation of Let The Right One In, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, premiered in June 2013 at the Dundee Rep Theatre in a production by the National Theatre of Scotland, before transferring to London's Royal Court Theatre in November 2013. It won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre in 2014.


'Remarkable… gratifyingly scary… dark and striking'

- Telegraph

'Astonishing... at once beautifully intimate and bedazzingly epic'

- Time Out

'A chilling and moving piece of theatre, full of pain, terror and unexpected moments of comedy'

- Scotsman

'Extraordinary… sets new standards in atmospheric scariness… takes you to the edge of human experience with eye-opening candour, beauty and ingenuity'

- WhatsOnStage

'Exquisitely beautiful and heartbreakingly sad… so painfully tender that, as you watch the show, it feels as if layers of your skin are gradually being flayed from your body'

- Guardian

'Exquisitely sad and witty... [it will] wring your heart while scaring the mortal stuffing out of you'

- Ben Brantley - New York Times

'Moving and haunting... a rich and beautiful theatrical experience that is by turns gripping and tender'

- Herald