Funding cuts risk smaller talent pool, warns Let the Right One In playwright

Martin Quinn and Rebecca Benson in Let The Right One In at the Royal Court. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Let the Right One In playwright Jack Thorne has warned that arts cuts will lead to the theatre world becoming “smaller and smaller”, with only wealthier people able to be part of the industry.

Thorne, whose adaptation of Let the Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, and whose other credits include television series such as Skins, told The Stage that arts cuts – particularly at regional level – risked reducing the industry’s talent pool. He added: “The theatre world will slowly become smaller and smaller, and populated by the same people, who are the sons and daughters of the same people, because nobody else can afford to do it.”

Thorne was speaking to The Stage at last week’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards, where he received the theatre prize for Let the Right One In, directed by John Tiffany.

Tiffany said arts cuts meant the theatre industry would be in “trouble” if changes were not made to the way regional theatres are funded.

“We created and opened Let the Right One In in Dundee, and it was absolutely brilliant and right to be there,” he said. “Audiences outside London need and deserve work to be created in their towns and cities, which are for them, about them and come from their emotional and sociological roots.”

He warned that regional theatres would “wither” away without proper financial support.