Book Thief musical for Bolton

Published: 8 May 2022
Reporter: David Upton

The Book Thief

The world première of a musical leads the new season at the Octagon in Bolton.

It’s a musical adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief (September 17–October 15). Set in 1930s Nazi Germany, it follows young orphan Liesel as she enters a dangerous game of book theft.

The Octagon then presents Emma Rice’s adaptation of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter (20 October 20–November 5), in a co-production with Stephen Joseph Theatre and Theatre by the Lake. The love story is reimagined for the stage in music and movement.

Octagon’s 2022 festive production is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol (November 17–January 14).

The season closes with Bill Naughton’s beloved Bolton classic Spring And Port Wine (February 3–March 4). The Crompton family begin to fall apart over the course of a weekend as they struggle to cope with the ups and downs of life in 1960s working-class Bolton.

Also in the season the Octagon’s First Bite play readings return with three new plays performed by actors ‘script in hand’.

    Related listings

  • Spring And Port Wine - Bill Naughton
  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens, adapted by Kate Ferguson & Susannah Pearse (Octagon Theatre)
  • Brief Encounter - Noël Coward, adapted for the stage by Emma Rice (Theatre by the Lake, Stephen Joseph Theatre and Octagon Theatre Bolton)
  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak, music & lyrics by Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel, book by Timothy Allen Mcdonald & Jodi Picoult