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The Lovely Bones at the Rose Theatre Kingston, Hackney Empire and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its world premiere last September, Bryony Lavery’s stage adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones will visit the Rose Theatre Kingston (October 22 to October 26) and Hackney Empire (October 28 to November 1, 2019) as part of a UK tour.

Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.

Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father, Jack, is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother, Abigail, is desperate to create a different life for herself. And her sister, Lindsey, is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them…

A unique coming-of-age tale, The Lovely Bones is directed by Rose Associate Artist Melly Still (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, My Brilliant Friend).

The cast includes Catrin Aaron (as Abigail Salmon), Radhika Aggarwal (Heavenly Girl 2), Fanta Barrie (Lindsay Salmon), Charlotte Beaumont (Susie Salmon), Samuel Gosrani (Ray/Holliday), Leah Haile (Heavenly Girl 1), Avita Jay (Franny/Ruana), Andrew Joshi (Heavenly Girl 3), Nicholas Khan (Mr Harvey), Leigh Lothian (Ruth Connors), Huw Parmenter (Sam/Len), Lynda Rooke (Lyn) and Jack Sandle (Jack Salmon).

The production is designed by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, with lighting by Matt Haskins, sound design by Helen Skiera, movement direction by Mike Ashcroft and composition by Dave Price.

A 2009 film adaptation of The Lovely Bones starred Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon.

The tour opens at Birmingham Rep on September 6, 2019, before visiting Theatre Royal Nottingham, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal, The Lowry Salford, Rose Theatre Kingston, Hackney Empire, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford and Chichester Festival Theatre.