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First look at The Book Thief musical and new music video ‘Hello Stars’

A first look at new musical The Book Thief has been revealed!

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The Book Thief opened at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre from 11 – 16 September and will be followed by Leicester’s Curve Theatre from 29 September – 14 October.

Obioma Ugoala & the cast of The Book Thief.
Obioma Ugoala & the cast of The Book Thief.
(Front) Eirini Louskou & Oliver Gordon as Liesel and Rudy with the cast of The Book Thief.
(Front) Eirini Louskou & Oliver Gordon as Liesel and Rudy with the cast of The Book Thief.

Alongside new photos of the show, a music video for the song Hello Stars has been released.

The track 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.

The full cast of The Book Thief includes Obioma Ugoala as Narrator, Mina Anwar as Rosa Hubermann, Jack Lord as Hans Hubermann and Daniel Krikler as Max Vandenburg. Joining them are Storytellers Matthew Caputo as Referee, Katy Clayton as Liesel’s Mother, Oonagh Cox as Nurse, Mark Dugdale as Alex Steiner, Michał Horowicz as Max’s Mother, Thomas-Lee Kidd as Mayor Hermann, Anu Ogunmefun as Swing, Simon Oskarsson as Swing, Corinna Powlesland as Social Worker, Purvi Parmar as Barbara Steiner, Wendy Somerville as Ilsa Hermann, Edwin Ray as Walter Kugler, Lee V G as Gravedigger and Russell Wilcox as Wolfgang Edel. Liesel Meminger will be played by Tilly-Raye Bayer, Mollie Casserley and Eirini Louskou and Rudy Steiner will be played by Thommy Bailey Vine, Preston Cropp and Oliver Gordon.

The cast of The Book Thief.
The cast of The Book Thief. Credit Pamela Raith
Obioma Ugoala (centre) and the cast of The Book Thief.
Obioma Ugoala (centre) and the cast of The Book Thief. Credit Pamela Raith
(Centre) Preston Cropp as Rudy & the cast of The Book Thief.
(Centre) Preston Cropp as Rudy & the cast of The Book Thief.
(Centre) Tilly-Raye Bayer as Liesel & the cast of The Book Thief.
(Centre) Tilly-Raye Bayer as Liesel & the cast of The Book Thief. Credit Pamela Raith

“The year: 1940. The place: Nazi Germany. The world is holding its breath, and Death is busier than ever.”

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+)

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.