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New chapter for The Book Thief


Niamh Palmer as Liesel and cast in The Book Thief. Pic: Pamela Raith Photography
Niamh Palmer as Liesel and cast in The Book Thief. Pic: Pamela Raith Photography

Following its premiere at Bolton Octagon last year, a new production of the musical version of best-selling novel The Book Thief will launch in the autumn, again directed by Octagon artistic director Lotte Wakeham.

Telling the story of an illiterate girl who steals an abandoned book in 1930s Germany, The Book Thief, from the novel by Markus Zusak, was a highlight of the Octagon’s autumn season, opening to acclaim from both audiences and reviewers.

The new production will open in Coventry in September and go on to the Curve, Leicester (September 29-October 14).

Wakeham said: “The Book Thief is a very special show to me and I’m delighted that we’re going to be bringing this epic story to audiences in Coventry and Leicester.

"The response we have had so far has been quite overwhelming – people have really embraced the show and taken it to their hearts. I’m thrilled more people will now get to experience it."

Octagon chief executive Roddy Gauld added: “Audiences travelled from across the globe to see the world premiere in Bolton last year. So it’s no surprise to us that the show is going to have new life this autumn."

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