The Book Thief

Fri 29 Sep - Sat 14 Oct



A brand new musical adaptation of the bestselling novel.

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+).

Age guidance: 11+ – The performance features occasional on-stage smoking, strong language and violence. Please be aware that The Book Thief contains themes of the Holocaust, death, grief, antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia, which some people may find distressing.
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20-minute interval.

To download The Book Thief Education pack, click here.


£20 Under 16s
£25 tickets on Fri 29 Sep 7.30pm or £5 off 16-26 yrs and/or Students (with a free 16-26 & Student Membership), and Curve Connect (Tue – Thu only, from Price Band B)
£18 Under 18s School Groups
£5 off Groups 10+ (Tue – Fri only, from Price Band B)
£6 off Groups 20+ (Tue – Fri only, from Price Band B)
15% off for Members

British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreted: Fri 13 Oct, 7.30pm
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*Discounts are subject to availability and may be removed at any time. Only valid on certain performances - terms and conditions apply.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Based on the novel by Markus Zusak
Music & Lyrics by Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald & Jodi Picoult
Directed by Lotte Wakeham

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Cast & Creative

Obioma Ugoala


Mina Anwar


Jack Lord


Daniel Krikler


Matthew Caputo

Storyteller (Referee)

Katy Clayton

Storyteller (Liesel's Mother)

Oonagh Cox

Storyteller (Nurse)

Mark Dugdale

Storyteller (Alex Steiner)

Lee V G

Storyteller (Gravedigger)


Storyteller (Max's Mother)

Thomas-Lee Kidd

Storyteller (Mayor)

Anu Ogunmefun

Storyteller (Onstage Swing)

Simon Oskarsson

Storyteller (Onstage Swing)

Corinna Powlesland

Storyteller (Social Worker)

Purvi Parmar

Storyteller (Barbara Steiner)

Wendy Somerville

Storyteller (Ilsa)

Edwin Ray

Storyteller (Walter/Erik)

Russell Wilcox

Storyteller (Wolfgang)

Tommy Bailey Vine


Tilly-Raye Bayer


Mollie Casserley


Preston Cropp


Oliver Gordon


Eirini Louskou