World-Famous Novel Inspires Story Of Love And Loss

The Lovely Bones 1.9.18 Credit : Sheila Burnett

A moving and uplifting story about life after loss is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal.

The Lovely Bones is based on the novel by Alice Sebold and tells the story of schoolgirl Susie Salmon who wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school.

But Susie is dead and is watching her family manage their grief after she has passed away, with each of them taking a very different approach to the life-changing event.

Her father Jack is obsessed with identifying her killer, her mother Abigail desperately wants to create a new life for herself, and her sister Lindsey is starting to discover the opposite sex.

The Lovely Bones 1.9.18 Credit : Sheila Burnett

Taking on the lead role of Susie is Charlotte Beaumont, who is best known for playing Chloe Latimer in all three series of ITV’s gripping drama hit Broadchurch. Others in the cast include Jack Sandle (Beowulf, The Tudors, The Wire In The Blood), Catrin Aaron (multiple productions for Shakespeare’s Globe, Regent’s Park Theatre and Theatr Clwyd), and Nicholas Khan (The Kite Runner and numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company plus TV credits including Doctors, The Fades and Spooks).

The production, which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal on October 7-12, is co-presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which brought the acclaimed production of Hetty Feather to the city in 2015.

Audiences are promised a unique and moving coming-of-age tale which has already captured the hearts of readers worldwide who have enjoyed the book.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This acclaimed adaptation is an unforgettable play about life after loss. With a cast of 13 versatile and talented actors, visually stunning staging and a spellbinding soundtrack, this wonderfully creative production is an exciting, emotional and uplifting theatrical tour de force.”