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New chapter for Book Thief musical

Ahead of its world premiere at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton this autumn (September 17-October 15), the musical adaptation of The Book Thief now has its cast.

Leading the group will be Ryan O’Donnell (The Serpent, BBC One) as the Narrator, while other principals are Jack Lord (A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse, West Side Story, Royal Exchange), Danielle Henry (Doctors, BBC One, After Life, National Theatre) and Daniel Krikler (Present Laughter, The Old Vic and the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,).

They are joined by four youngsters: Bea Glancy and Niamh Palmer (who will share the role of Liesel), while Rudy will be shared by Alfie Corbett and Charlie Murphy.

Directed by the Octagon’s artistic director Lotte Wakeham and choreographed by Tom Jackson, the script is by award-winning author Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen McDonald, the adapter of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and James and the Giant Peach. Music and lyrics are by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

The show is based on Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel and follows courageous young orphan Liesel as she enters a dangerous game of book thievery in 1930s Nazi Germany.

Wakeham said: “We were amazed by the outstanding level of talent we saw throughout the audition process; I'm very excited to work with this incredibly gifted company of actors."

Information and tickets here


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