THEATRE ANNOUNCEMENT: Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones comes to The Liverpool Everyman Theatre in September

The Lovely Bones at The Liverpool Everyman

The world premiere of The Lovely Bones, one of the bestselling novels of the 21st century and now adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery and directed by Melly Still, will open at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on 1 September 2018 before transferring to partner theatres Everyman Liverpool, Northern Stage, Newcastle and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The show will also tour to The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. 

Alice Sebold’s unique coming-of-age tale captured the hearts of readers throughout the world when it was first published in 2002. An uplifting story about life after loss, The Lovely Bones, achieved critical acclaim and became an instant bestseller across the world. It won the Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Fiction 2003 and was on Oprah’s Book Club list for 2010.

The Lovely Bones tells the story of young girl 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 brighter future. 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.

Alice Sebold today expressed her excitement to “see The Lovely Bones as a play and to see its characters come to life on stage” whilst Bryony Lavery spoke of her passion for this “rich, funny, tough, healing book” saying that “I’ve found that the huge story is very, very happy to change its medium and reveal its treasures on the stages at five of the UK’s leading theatres. I am a most fortunate playwright!”

Bryony Lavery’s acclaimed work includes the Tony Award-winning Frozen (due to be revived in the West End this spring) Stockholm (Frantic Assembly), Kursk (Young Vic) and Beautiful Burnout (National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly).

Bringing The Lovely Bones to life on stage is director Melly Still, whose credits include the acclaimed Olivier and Tony Award-nominated production of Coram Boy (National Theatre and Broadway), My Beautiful Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston) and several recent productions for Glyndebourne, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Listings Information:

 Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

DatesSaturday 1 to Saturday 22 September 2018

Times: Evenings 7.45pm (except Wednesday 5 September 7pm)

Matinees – Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm (excl. Saturday 1 September)

No performances on Sundays

Tickets: On sale in March

Box Office:  01604 624811 or online at


Everyman Liverpool, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BH

Dates: Tuesday 25 September to Saturday 6 October 2018

Tickets: On general sale from 19 March

Box Office: 0151 709 4776 or online at


Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

Dates: Tuesday 9 October until Saturday 20 October 2018

Times: Evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday 10 October, 6pm

Matinees Saturday 13, Wednesday 17 & Saturday 20 October 2pm

No performances on Sundays

Tickets from £10

Box Office:  0191 230 5151 or online at


Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham

B1 2EP

Dates: Tuesday 30 October until Saturday 10 November 2018

Times7.30pm Monday – Saturday, apart from 7pm on Wednesday 31 Oct.  Matinees at 2pm on Thursday 1, Saturday 3, Thursday 8 and Saturday 10 November

Tickets: From £10 (subject to availability)

Box Office: 0121 236 4455 or online at


New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS

Dates: Tuesday 13 November until Saturday 17 November 2018
Times: 7pm Tuesday7.45pm Wednesday to Saturday, 2.30pm Matinees Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 November
Tickets: From £10 (subject to availability)
Box Office: 01473 295900 or online at