The Book Thief Musical Completes World Premiere in the U.K. October 15 | Playbill

International News The Book Thief Musical Completes World Premiere in the U.K. October 15

Adapted from the popular novel by Markus Zusak, the creative team features Jodi Picoult, Timothy Allen McDonald, Elyssa Samsel, and Kate Anderson.

The Book Thief

The musical adaptation of The Book Thief by Jodi Picoult, Timothy Allen McDonald, Elyssa Samsel, and Kate Anderson completes its world premiere run October 15 in the U.K. The run began previews September 17 before officially opening September 22 at Octagon Theatre in Bolton, England.

Sharing the leading role of Liesel are Bea Glancy and Niamh Palmer, joined by Daniel Krikler as Max, Danielle Henry as Rosa, Jack Lord as Hans, and Ryan O'Donnell as Narrator. Charlie Murphy and Alfie Corbett share the role of Rudy. Also starring are ensemble members Victoria Brazier as Ilsa, Matthew Heywood as Alex, Benjamin Mundy as Tommy, Andrew Whitehead as Wolfgang, Katy Clayton as Max's Mother, Duane Gooden as Mayor, Purvi Parmar as Barbara, and Ida Regan as Nurse.

The Book Thief follows Liesel, a young orphan who becomes involved in a dangerous game of book thievery in 1930s Nazi Germany. Adapted from Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel, author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper) and Timothy Allen McDonald penned the book while Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson teamed up for the score.

Octagon Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham directs the production which features choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves, musical direction and orchestrations by Matthew Malone, design by Good Teeth's James Perkins and Victoria Smart, lighting design by Nic Farman, puppet design by Samuel Wilde, and sound design by Andy Graham. Also serving on the creative team are music consultant Daniel Green, casting director Jacob Sparrow, and production manager Dan Turner.

This production is sponsored by Boo Coaching & Consulting.

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