Drama to get your teeth into at Rep

Benson and Chris Reilly during rehearsals for the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Let the Right One In. Photograph by Pete Dibdin.
Benson and Chris Reilly during rehearsals for the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Let the Right One In. Photograph by Pete Dibdin.

The cult Swedish romantic horror film, Let the Right One In, opens at Dundee Rep Theatre on Wednesday, June 5 and runs until Saturday, June 29.

The National Theatre of Scotland, by arrangement with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd. and Bill Kenwright, and in association with Dundee Rep, are presenting this stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and screenplay of the film by John Ajvide Lindqvist,

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 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 Dundee 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; in May last year he 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, 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.

The cast is made up of Rebecca Benson, Paul Thomas Hickey, Lorraine M McIntosh, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega, Martin Quinn, Chris Reilly, Stuart Ryan, Ewan Stewart. Martin plays the role of Oskar. This is his 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. Lorraine has previously worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on Men Should Weep (2011) and Beautiful Burnout (2010). 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. 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.

Ticket details from the box office on 01382 223530 or www.dundeerep.co.uk