NEWS: Creative Team Announced for the World premiere of The Book Thief

The musical will play at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton from the 17th September until the 15th October.

Heading to the Octagon Theatre in Bolton this Autumn, the creative team for the musical adaptation of The Book Thief has been announced. Based on the book by Markus Zusak’s worldwide best-selling novel, it has been adapted for the stage by award-winning author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper and Small Great Things) and Timothy Allen McDonald (adaptor of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and James and the Giant Peach). The music and lyrics are by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Walt Disney Animation Studios; Central Park, Apple TV+).

Co-writer Jodi Picoult comments, “The Book Thief, as a novel, is a blockbuster that has sold over twenty million copies and deeply moved readers all over the world. Having the chance to bring it to life three-dimensionally in a world premiere musical at the Octagon is a dream for us!”

Meanwhile, Octagon Artistic Director and director of The Book Thief, Lotte Wakeham added, I am absolutely thrilled to be opening our new season with this world premiere brand new musical adaptation of one of my all-time favourite books. Over the last couple of years, we’ve been busy workshopping the show and I cannot wait for audiences to finally see it! It’s an incredibly relevant, moving story and I’m so happy to be staging it in Bolton in our wonderful, newly refurbished theatre.”

The production will be choreographed by Tom Jackson Greaves (Amélie, Criterion Theatre; Rent, Hope Mill Theatre), with musical direction and orchestrations by Matthew Malone (Coming to England, Birmingham Rep; Peter Pan, Octagon Theatre) and design from Good Teeth aka James Perkins and Victoria Smart (The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s Globe; Little Shop of Horrors, Royal Exchange Manchester). The production will also feature lighting design by Nic Farman (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, UK Tour; Spring Awakening, Hope Mill Theatre), puppet design by Samuel Wilde (The Fir Tree, Shakespeare’s Globe; Electra, Bunker Theatre) and sound design by Andy Graham (The Upstart Crow, Apollo Theatre; One Man Two Guvnors, Octagon Theatre).

The wider production team includes Associate Director Georgia Wang Murphy (Cyrano de Bergerac, Southwark Playhouse; Frills and Spills, Camden People’s Theatre), Associate Musical
Director George Strickland (Good Fun, King’s Head Theatre; The Regulars, Hope Mill Theatre), Casting Director Jacob Sparrow (City of Angels, Garrick Theatre; Our Town, Regent’s Park Open
Air Theatre), Assistant Casting Director Olivia Barr (Kes, Peter Pan, Octagon Theatre) and Production Manager Dan Turner (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Duke of York’s Theatre).

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