Jodi Picoult Adapting 'The Book Thief' For Stage at Octagon Theatre


Premiere Of "My Sister's Keeper" - Arrivals

Premiere Of "My Sister's Keeper" - Arrivals

Get ready for an all new musical adaptation! Jodi Picoult's next project is adapting Markus Zusak's novel, The Book Thief, as a stage musical for the autumn season at the Octagon Theatre.

The all new stage musical will be written by Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen McDonald. Music and lyrics will be written Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

About working on this new project, Picoult said:

Having the chance to bring it to life three-dimensionally in a world premiere musical at the Octagon is a dream for us.
The story of a foster child in Nazi Germany — who learns the power words have to hurt and heal — feels painfully relevant today.

For those who don't know, The Book Thief takes place in 1930's Nazi Germany and follows a young orphan named Liesel, who "enters a dangeros game of book thievery."

According to The Stage, this is the lineup for the 2020/2021 autumn season at The Octagon.

One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean

Directed by Lotte Wakeham

September 3 to October 3, with a press night on September 8

Marvellous by Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke

Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins

October 7 to 31, with a press night on October 8

A Christmas Carol by Kate Ferguson and Susannah Pearse

Directed by Lotte Wakeham

November 19 to January 16, 2021, with a press night on November 25

An Adventure by Vinay Patel

Directed by Kash Arshad and Lotte Wakeham

January 28 to February 20, 2021, with a press night on February 2

The Book Thief by Timothy Allen McDonald and Jodi Picoult

Directed by Lotte Wakeham

March 12 to April 10, 2021 with a press night on March 17

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