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Returning for 2023 at Leicester Curve and Belgrade Theatre Coventry


“The year: 1940. The place: Nazi Germany. The world is holding its breath, and Death is busier than ever.”


By her brother’s graveside, 12-year-old Liesel steals a book abandoned in the snow - her first act of book thievery. Soon she is stealing from libraries, churches, and book burnings. But these are dangerous times for a girl with a curious mind. When her foster family hides a Jewish boxer in their cellar, Liesel learns that words are so much more than letters on a page - they hold power. As the Nazi regime wields words as weapons, Liesel, determined to fight back, picks up her pen and starts to write…


A mesmerising new musical of Markus Zusak‘s international bestselling novel, The Book Thief is adapted by award-winning bestselling author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper) and Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Between the Lines) with music and lyrics by Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel (Central Park AppleTV+).

REVIEWS for the Octagon production

★★★★★ Opening Night

★★★★★ Frankly My Dear

★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ Reviews Hub

★★★★★ North West End

★★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ West End Best Friend

"a deft and tremendously delivered production" The Guardian

"profoundly moving" The Stage

"quite simply stunning" Opening Night

"compelling, heart-rending and simply beautiful... a triumph" The Bolton News


“an exceptionally well executed show" Reviews Hub

“a visually mesmerising masterpiece" West End Best Friend

"every element oozes excellence" Frankly My Dear



Jodi Picoult


Tim McDonald

Music & Lyrics

Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson


Lotte Wakeham

Set & Costume Designer

Good Teeth


Tom Jackson Greaves


Musical Director, Supervisor, Orchestrator & Arranger

Matthew Malone


Steph Pyne

Lighting Designer

Nic Farman


Sound Designer

Andy Graham


Projection Designer

Dick Straker

Casting Director

Abby Galvin

Puppet Designer

Samuel Wilde

Production Manager

Setting Line


Production Photography

Pamela Raith

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