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Hello Stars from The Book Thief

Hello Stars

‘Hello Stars’ from The Book Thief is sung by Tilly Raye-Bayer, Mollie Casserley and Eirini Louskou, who all play Liesel in the show. Music and Lyrics are by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. Matthew Malone is the Arranger, Conductor and Pianist, Clarinet is played by Sophie Creaner, Violin by Elaine Ambridge and the track is Mixed by Ben Robbins at Umbrella Music.

DEM Productions are delighted to announce the full cast for the stage adaptation of best-selling novel
The Book Thief, with a book by Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen McDonald and music and lyrics by Elyssa
Samsel and Kate Anderson. The musical will be presented at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and
Leicester’s Curve Theatre in autumn 2023.

THE BOOK THIEF will star Obioma Ugoala (Frozen the Musical, Hamilton) as Narrator, Mina Anwar
(The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Worst Witch) as Rosa Hubermann, Jack Lord (West Side Story, War
Horse) as Hans Hubermann and Daniel Krikler (Jersey Boys, The Secret Life Of Bees) as Max
Vandenburg. Joining them are Storytellers Matthew Caputo (Hamilton) as Referee, Katy Clayton (The
Band) as Liesel’s Mother, Oonagh Cox (Matilda: The Musical) as Nurse, Mark Dugdale (Les Miserables)
as Alex Steiner, Michał Horowicz (The Band’s Visit) as Max’s Mother, Thomas-Lee Kidd (Beauty and the
Beast) as Mayor Hermann, Anu Ogunmefun (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) as Swing, Simon Oskarsson
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Swing, Corinna Powlesland (Grease) as Social Worker, Purvi Parmar
(The Jungle Book) as Barbara Steiner, Wendy Somerville (Billy Elliot) as Ilsa Hermann, Edwin Ray
(Chicago) as Walter Kugler, Lee V G (Only Fools & Horses: The Musical) as Gravedigger and Russell
Wilcox (The Producers) as Wolfgang Edel. Liesel Meminger will be played by Tilly-Raye Bayer (Frozen
The Musical), Mollie Casserley (The Sound of Music) and Eirini Louskou (Joseph & The Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat) and Rudy Steiner will be played by Thommy Bailey Vine (Matilda: The Musical),
Preston Cropp (Professional Debut) and Oliver Gordon (Newsies).

THE BOOK THIEF had an extremely well-received initial presentation at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton in
2022 for which it has been nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production.
“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…

The cast of The Book Thief musical on Screen One

A mesmerising new musical based on 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 Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (Central Park AppleTV+)

THE BOOK THIEF will be directed by Lotte Wakeham (The Book Thief, Shirley Valentine, A Midsummer
Night’s Dream), with Libretto by Jodi Picoult (Breathe, Between The Lines) & Timothy Allen McDonald
(Roald Dahl’s James & The Giant Peach and Willy Wonka), Music and Lyrics by Elyssa Samsel & Kate
Anderson (Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Central Park), Set & Costume Design by Good Teeth (Little Shop of
Horrors, Jack and the Beanstalk), Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves (Rent, Whistle Down the
Wind, Romeo & Juliet), Orchestrations & Arrangements, Musical Supervision & Musical Direction by
Matthew Malone (Peter Pan, Carousel), Lighting Design by Nic Farman (Allegiance, The Diary of a CEO
Live), Sound Design by Andy Graham (Aladdin, The Wizard of Oz), Video Design by Dick Straker (A
Monster Calls, Peer Gynt), Casting directed by Abby Galvin for Jessica Ronane Casting (The Glass

Menagerie, Girl from the North Country), Casting Consultancy by Jessica Ronane, Puppet Design by
Sam Wilde (A Christmas Carol, The Fir Tree), Production Management by Andy Fox and Lee Batty for
Setting Line Production Management (Newsies, The Cher Show), Associate Direction by Martha Geelan
(Fiddler on the Roof) and Anna Pool (A Little Night Music), Associate Choreography by Tinovimbanashe
Sibanda (Moulin Rouge), and Associate Musical Direction by George Strickland (Allegiance). THE
BOOK THIEF is produced by Deus Ex Machina Productions (Ride: A New Musical, Adrian Mole) with
Writer’s Cage, Andrew Paradis, and Christopher Ketner in association with Belgrade, Coventry.

The cast of The Book Thief musical on Screen One

Website: www.thebookthiefmusical.com
Instagram: @thebookthiefmusical
Facebook: @thebookthiefmusical
Twitter: @TBT_musical

LISTINGS INFORMATION
THE BOOK THIEF
Coventry
11 – 16 September
Belgrade Theatre
Corporation Street
Coventry
CV1 1GS
Box office: 024 7655 3055
boxoffice@belgrade.co.uk

Leicester
29 September – 14 October
Curve Theatre
Rutland Street
Leicester
LE1 1SB
Box office: 0116 242 3595
tickets@curvetheatre.co.uk
Tickets from £15
Age recommendation: 11+

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