Archives - Audition: Let the Right One In

by John Lindqvist

Directed by Coral Walton

Saturday 4th November 2017 at 2pm in the Studio

Playing dates: 23rd to 31st March 2018

Based on the book and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the stage play of Let the Right One In will play at the Barn in March and is described as ‘romantic horror’. It tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire.

The film’s director, unconcerned with horror and vampire conventions, decided to tone down many elements of the novel and focus primarily on the relationship between the two main characters. This is the line that I intend to adopt to stage what is a beautifully written and unusual piece of theatre.

  • Eli and Oskar take most of the dialogue.
  • A cast of nine, with some members playing more than one role, would work well.
  • I also intend to incorporate a movement chorus who will help with transitions in the play. Lauren Hussein and Tammy Wall will be choreographing.

A degree of physicality to communicate the essence of this piece is needed, particularly in the character of Eli, the child vampire. Casting this role is difficult and, while I could be looking for a teenager, I might equally cast an older adult with the right look which would also offer the ‘oddity’ in the relationship with the boy I’m looking for.

  • Oskar, teenage to 20s, the male protagonist, a bullied 12-year-old
  • Eli, a centuries-old vampire... female 16 to 30s
  • Håkan, a middle-aged man who helps Eli by procuring blood and is living with her
  • Oskar’s mum, middle-aged, hard-working, divorced
  • Middle-aged man to play a police officer and Oskar’s teacher
  • Middle-aged man/woman to play Kurt, sweet shop owner; Jocke, a drunk; Stefan, a policeman; Nils, a hospital receptionist; and Oskar’s dad (all small bit parts, a female could do some of these)
  • Jonny, teenage to 20s, a bully in Oskar’s class
  • Jimmy, teenage to 20s, Jonny’s older, sadistic brother
  • Micke, teenage to 20s, another bully in Oskar’s class

PLUS a small team of Oskar’s classmates, male and female, teenage to 20s, non-speaking, basically creating atmosphere and links through movement.

The piece is challenging in its ideas, is violent and bloody in places and contains some very strong language, though at its heart is an enchanting love story, offering truly great drama and lots to think about. Not for the faint-hearted!

The audition, although using parts of the script at times, will be more of a workshop in which everyone auditioning will take part.

Scripts are available from the Director.


Coral Walton
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