The Lovely Bones World Premier at Royal & Derngate this September

Alice Sebold’s bestselling book, The Lovely Bones, has its stage world premiere at Royal & Derngate this September.

Adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery and directed by Melly Still, The Lovely Bones is part of the venue’s Made in Northampton season, and is a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Company and Northern Stage.

The unique coming-of-age tale captured the hearts of readers throughout the world when it was first published in 2002. An unforgettable story about life after loss, The Lovely Bones achieved critical acclaim and became an instant bestseller across the world, winning the Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Fiction 2003.

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones tells the story of young Susie Salmon, who is just like any other 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. Susie can only observe while her family cope with 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, Lindsay, 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.

The production features a 10-strong ensemble cast, with Charlotte Beaumont (Broadchurch, ITV; Three Winters, National Theatre) as Susie Salmon. Jack Salmon will be played by Jack Sandle (War Horse, National Theatre; Running Wild, UK tour), Emily Bevan (The Haunting of Hill House, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse) as Abigail Salmon, with Ayoola Smart (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe) as sister Lindsay. The cast is completed by Pete Ashmore as Len Fenerman/Samuel, Bhawna Bhawsar as Ruana Singh/Franny, Susan Bovell as Lynn/Mrs Flanagan, Natasha Cottriall as Ruth Connors/Buckley Salmon, Keith Dunphy as Mr Harvey and Karan Gill as Ray Singh/Principal Caden.

The Lovely Bones can be seen at Royal & Derngate from Saturday 1 to Saturday 22 September. Tickets – priced from £12.50* – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at

* A charge of £3 applies for all transactions of £15 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.

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Becki is a theatre lover originally from Birmingham. She founded On Stage Northants in 2017, and is passionate about promoting Northampton performing arts. She also works for Royal & Derngate as Marketing and Press Assistant. Can usually be found behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them too. Becki also blogs at StageyRebel