The Lovely Bones Tour

The Lovely Bones tour will see Alice Seabold’s novel bought to the stage for the first time.

The Lovely Bones Tour

One of the best-selling novels of the 21st century Alice Seabold’s The Lovely Bones will be bought to life on the stage for the first time in a co-production between Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Royal and Derngate and Northern Stage in association with the Liverpool Everyman.

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.

The Lovely Bones is adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery and is to be directed by Meryl Still.

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!”


1 – 22 September 2018
Royal and Derngate

25 September – 6 October 2018
Liverpool Everyman

9 – 20 October 2018
Northern Stage

30 October – 10 November 2018
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

13 – 17 November 2018
New Wolsey Theatre


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