Ahead of its world premiere at the Octagon Theatre Bolton this autumn, the musical adaptation of The Book Thief announces its cast. Directed by the Octagon’s Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham (One Man Two Guvnors, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Peter Pan, Octagon Theatre) and choreographed by Tom Jackson Greaves (Amélie, Criterion Theatre), the script is penned by award-winning author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper) and Timothy Allen McDonald (adaptor of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and James and the Giant Peach), with music and lyrics by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Walt Disney Animation Studios) and musical direction, orchestrations and arrangements by Matthew Malone. This spellbinding production is based on Markus Zusak’s worldwide best-selling novel and follows courageous young orphan Liesel as she enters a dangerous game of book thievery in 1930s Nazi-Germany.

The cast is led by Ryan O’Donnell (The Serpent, BBC One; Quadrophenia, Plymouth Theatre Royal) as the Narrator, Jack Lord (A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse; West Side Story, Royal Exchange) as Hans Hubermann, Danielle Henry (Doctors, BBC One; After Life, National Theatre) as Rosa Hubermann, and Daniel Krikler (Present Laughter, The Old Vic; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures) as Max Vandenburg. They are joined by 4 extraordinary young actors; the role of Liesel will be shared by Bea Glancy and Niamh Palmer and the role of Rudy will be shared by Alfie Corbett and Charlie Murphy.

The ensemble is completed by Purvi Parmar (The Jungle Book, Chester Storyhouse; Peter Pan, Octagon Theatre Bolton), Katy Clayton (The Band, Theatre Royal Haymarket & UK Tour; A Taste of Honey, Trafalgar Studios), Victoria Brazier (Pride & Prejudice, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre; The Secret Garden, York Theatre Royal/Theatre by the Lake), Ida Regan (4 Walls, Derby Theatre; Beauty and the Beast, The Dukes Lancaster), Duane Gooden (The Jungle Book, Fairfield Halls; The Smartest Giant in Town, Little Angel Theatre/Fiery Light), Andrew Whitehead (A Christmas Carol, Hull Truck Theatre; Brassic, Sky) and Matthew Heywood (Peter Pan, Octagon Theatre Bolton; Zorro, Hope Mill Theatre).

Octagon Artistic Director and director of The Book Thief, Lotte Wakeham comments, “I am delighted that we’ve assembled such an exceptional cast for the world premiere production of The Book Thief. We were truly amazed by the outstanding level of talent we saw throughout the audition process and I am very excited to work with this incredibly gifted company of actors. They have outstanding theatre credentials from the West End to international touring, and I’m also thrilled that so many of them hail from Greater Manchester – we’ve been fortunate to draw from an extraordinary talent pool. Casting our young performers in the crucial roles of Liesel and Rudy has also been a real joy and I think audiences will be blown away by them.”

“Based on Markus Zusak’s world-wide best-selling novel, this brand-new musical promises a spectacular theatrical experience for all, with a beautifully poignant script, sensational musical score and a visually stunning design. Add in stellar performances from our talented cast of adults and children, The Book Thief promises to be the must-see production of this autumn.”

Saturday 17th September – Saturday 15th October 2022

Location Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton BL1 1SB

How to Get There The Octagon is situated in the heart of the town centre, opposite the Library and Museum. They are a five minute walk from Bolton Train Station and Bus Interchange.
The nearest car park is the Octagon NCP multi-storey car park (Postcode: BL1 1TN). After 6pm there is free on-street parking on Le Mans Crescent including disabled parking bays, although spaces are limited.

Running Time TBC

Times Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinee, 2pm

Narrator Ryan O’Donnell
Liesel Bea Glancy / Niamh Palmer
Hans Hubermann Jack Lord
Rosa Hubermann Danielle Henry
Max Vandenburg Daniel Krikler
Rudy Steiner Alfie Corbett / Charlie Murphy
Barbara/Ensemble Purvi Parmar
Liesel’s Mother/Ensemble Katy Clayton
Ilsa/Ensemble Victoria Brazier
Nurse/Ensemble Ida Regan
Mayor/Ensemble Duane Gooden
Wolfgang/Ensemble Andrew Whitehead
Alex/Ensemble Matthew Heywood

Director Lotte Wakeham
Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves
Musical Direction/Orchestrations Matthew Malone
Design Good Teeth
Lighting Design Nic Farman
Puppet Design Samuel Wilde
Sound Design Andy Graham
Associate Director Georgia Wang Murphy
Associate Musical Director George Strickland
Casting Director Jacob Sparrow
Assistant Casting Director Olivia Barr
Production Manager Dan Turner