Let The Right One In: The Chilling Vampire Tale is coming to Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre

A stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and film by Jon Ajvide Lindqvist…

By Manchester's Finest | 23 September 2022

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Enchanting and brutal, chilling and beautiful, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s cult novel LET THE RIGHT ONE IN finds a new home on the unique stage of the Royal Exchange Theatre this winter.

In a world where adults are failing them, two teenage outsiders are drawn to each other. One a bullied, isolated teenage boy, the other a feral, lonely and dangerous vampire. And so begins a chilling and unlikely friendship. Separated by centuries and rejected by society they find salvation in each other.

This unforgettable vampire story has gained cult status across the world, it is a sharp and reflective coming-of-age story that asks its audience to recognise and value the humanity in us all.

Director Bryony Shanahan brings together a cast of nine incredible actors including Pete MacHale as Oskar and Rhian Blundell as Eli, both of whom make their Royal Exchange debuts. The cast is completed by Anthony Aje, Daon Broni, Darren Kuppan, Stefan Race, Mercè Ribot, Kyle Rowe, and Andrew Sheridan.

The creative team for LET THE RIGHT ONE IN includes Designer, Amelia Jane Hankin, Lighting Designer Joshua Pharo, Sound Designer Pete Malkin, Movement Director Yandas Ndlovu and Casting Director Lotte Hines CDG.

The creative team also includes three placements supported by The Hodgkiss Collective – Assistant Director Savannah Acquah, Design Placement Amy Lowcock and Lighting Design Placement Grace Bastayan.

The Hodgkiss Collective is a new, ambitious and life-changing opportunity for three talented artists from / based in Greater Manchester to benefit from a home at the Royal Exchange Theatre. This pilot scheme offers three artists the opportunity to engage deeply with the production of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, providing them with comprehensive and wide-ranging insights, alongside embedded knowledge and experience.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN runs from 22nd Oct – 19th Nov 2022.



Dates: 22nd October – 19th November
Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre