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Written by Jodi Picoult, Timothy Allen McDonald, Elyssa Samsel, and Kate Anderson, the new musical has runs planned for Coventry and Leicester.

The Book Thief

Casting has been revealed for upcoming U.K. runs of The Book Thief, which, as previously announced, will be hosted by Coventry's Belgrade Theatre September 11–16 and Leicester's Curve Theatre September 29–October 14. Based on the Markus Zusak novel, the work features a book by Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen McDonald and a score by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

Starring will be Obioma Ugoala (Frozen the Musical, Hamilton) as Narrator, Mina Anwar (The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Worst Witch) as Rosa Hubermann, Jack Lord (West Side Story, War Horse) as Hans Hubermann, and Daniel Krikler (Jersey Boys, The Secret Life Of Bees) as Max Vandenburg.

The cast will also include Matthew Caputo (Hamilton) as Referee, Katy Clayton (The Band) as Liesel’s Mother, Oonagh Cox (Matilda: The Musical) as Nurse, Mark Dugdale (Les Misérables) as Alex Steiner, Michał Horowicz (The Band’s Visit) as Max’s Mother, Thomas-Lee Kidd (Beauty and the Beast) as Mayor Hermann, Corinna Powlesland (Grease) as Social Worker, Purvi Parmar (The Jungle Book) as Barbara Steiner, Wendy Somerville (Billy Elliot) as Ilsa Hermann, Edwin Ray (Chicago) as Walter Kugler, Lee V G (Only Fools & Horses: The Musical) as Gravedigger, and Russell Wilcox (The Producers) as Wolfgang Edel.

Liesel Meminger will be played by Tilly-Raye Bayer (Frozen The Musical), Mollie Casserley (The Sound of Music) and Eirini Louskou (Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), and Rudy Steiner will be played by Thommy Bailey Vine (Matilda: The Musical), Preston Cropp (professional debut), and Oliver Gordon (Newsies).

Rounding out the company as swings will be Anu Ogunmefun and Simon Oskarsson.

Taking place in 1930s Nazi Germany, the story follows young, illiterate orphan Liesel, who steals an abandoned book and gains an appetite for books, learning the power of words—and kindness—from the Jewish boxer her foster family hides in the basement.

Octagon Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham is back to helm the upcoming runs after staging the world premiere. In fact, the entire creative team is reuniting, including choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, musical director and orchestrator Matthew Malone, scenic and costume designer Good Teeth, lighting designer Nic Farman, sound designer Andy Graham, video designer Dick Straker, and puppet designer Sam Wilde. Casting is by Abby Galvin for Jessica Ronane Casting. Andy Fox and Lee Batty of Setting Line Production will serve as production managers.

The Book Thief is being produced by Deus Ex Machina Productions with Writer's Cage, Christopher Ketner, and Andrew Paradis, and in association with Belgrade, Coventry.


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