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The Book Thief - A New Musical

The cast of The Book Thief. Photo credit Pamela Raith.

The Book Thief – A New Musical, plays at the Belgrade Theatre 11 – 16 September. Local press performance on Tuesday 12 September. Directed by Lotte Wakeham.

The musical stage adaptation of best-selling novel The Book Thief which runs at the Belgrade Theatre in September includes Coventry local Daniel Krikler as ‘Max Vandenburg’.

This 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 Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel (Central Park AppleTV+).

Cast members.

The Book Thief had an extremely well-received initial presentation at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton in 2022 for which it was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production.

Cast members

Daniel Krikler, who reprises his role from the Bolton run and recently performed at The Belgrade’s B2 in last year’s acclaimed production of Fighting Irish said, “I’m so excited to be coming to The Belgrade, my home theatre, with The Book Thief, having performed here last year in Fighting Irish. As a member of Coventry’s Jewish community from a young child, there is no place I’d rather be telling this beautiful, important story. Coventry has its own deep connection to the Second World War with the Blitz very much in living memory, so I know how much the show will resonate here with the community.”

Daniel Krikler Photo credit Pamela Raith.

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…


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