Following a hugely successful run last autumn, Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Lee Dean have announced the full cast and venues for their upcoming tour of The Lovely Bones. Melly Still directs Catrin Aaron (Abigail Salmon), Radhika Aggarwal (Heavenly Girl 2), Fanta Barrie (Lindsay Salmon), Charlotte Beaumont (Susie Salmon), Samuel Gosrani (Ray/Holliday), Leah Haile (Heavenly Girl 1), Avita Jay (Franny/Ruana), Andrew Joshi (Heavenly Girl 3), Nicholas Khan (Mr Harvey), Leigh Lothian (Ruth Connors), Huw Parmenter (Sam/Len), Lynda Rooke (Lyn), and Jack Sandle (Jack Salmon). The production opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 10 September, with previews from 6 September, before embarking on a UK tour to Theatre Royal Nottingham, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal, The Lowry Salford, Rose Theatre Kingston, Hackney Empire, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford and Chichester Festival Theatre.
Susie Salmon is just like any other young 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.
Now she can only observe while her family manage 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 Lindsey 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’s novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. With a talented cast, incredible set design and a soundtrack combining 70’s favourites with original music, this wonderfully creative production brings her vision to life in an exciting, emotional and uplifting theatrical experience.
Bryony Lavery’s theatre credits include The Midnight Gang (Chichester Festival Theatre), Swallows and Amazons (Storyhouse), Brighton Rock (Pilot Theatre), Frozen (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Balls (59E59 Theatre), Brideshead Revisited (York Theatre Royal / UK tour), Queen Coal (Sheffield Theatres), Treasure Island (National Theatre), Beautiful Burnout (National Theatre, Scotland) and Smoke (Young Vic).
Melly Still directs. Her previous theatre credits include My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston/ National Theatre), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Rose Theatre Kingston/UK tour/Harold Pinter Theatre), Cymbeline (RSC), The Haunting of Hill House (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), Life Raft (Bristol Old Vic), Coram Boy (National Theatre/Imperial Theater – nominated for a Tony Award nominee for Best Director), From Morning Till Midnight, Nation, The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre), Rats’ Tales (Manchester Royal Exchange), Beasts and Beauties (Hampstead Theatre) and Tiger Bay the Musical (Wales Millennium Centre). Her opera directing work includes The Cunning Little Vixen, Rusalka (Glyndebourne) and Zaide (Sadler’s Wells).
Catrin Aaron plays Abigail Salmon. Previous theatre credits include Orpheus Descending (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Theatr Clwyd), The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Theatres), As You Like, Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Henry V(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), Sex and the Three Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse) and What People Do and London: Let’s Get Visceral (Old Vic Tunnels). She is an Associate for Theatr Clwyd, where her work includes The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, All My Sons, The Light of Heart, Aristocrats; Salt, Root and Roe; Humbug, God of Carnage, A Doll’s House, Roots, Taking Steps, Gaslight, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Small Family Business, Festen, Mary Stuart, Twilight Tales, Macbeth, A Toy Epic, Tales from Europe, The Timeless Myths of the Mabinogi, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Voyage, The Way It Was, Flights of Fancy, Hobson’s Choice, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,Silas Marner and Orpheus Descending. For television, her work includes The Indian Doctor, The Bastard Executioner and First Ladies; and for film, Apostle.
Radhika Aggarwal plays Heavenly Girl 2. Her theatre credits include Satyagraha (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), Engine Break (UK tour) and An Arrangement of Shoes (international tour). Film credits include The Children Act.
Fanta Barrie plays Lindsay Salmon. Her theatre credits include The Amber Trap (Theatre503), The Cereal Café (The Other Palace) and Songlines (Assembly, Roxy).
Charlotte Beaumont returns to play Susie Salmon. Her theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pebbles (Katzpace), No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution (Hampstead Theatre), Jumpy (Theatre Clwyd), 3 Winters (National Theatre), Love Your Soldiers (Sheffield Theatres), Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre), Blue Heaven (Finborough Theatre), The Flooded Grave and 2,000 Feet Away (Bush Theatre). Television credits include as series regular Chloe Latimer in Broadchurch, and as series regular Kenzie Calhoun in Waterloo Road. Film credits include Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll.
Samuel Gosrani plays Ray/Holliday. The Lovely Bones is his professional stage debut.
Leah Haile plays Heavenly Girl 1. Her previous theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre) and The Crucible (Royal Exchange Manchester).
Avita Jay plays Franny/Ruana. Her previous theatre credits include Billionaire Boy (Nuffield Southampton Theatres/UK tour), The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal), The Jungle Book, Bring on the Bollywood, The Merry Wives of Windsor (UK tour), Bottled Up (Lyric Hammersmith), We’re Stuck (Shoreditch Town Hall/UK tour), Rapunzel, Warde Street (Park Theatre), Pioneer (Sheffield Theatres/UK tour), Unsung (Wilton’s Music Hall) andSunday Morning at the Centre of the World (Southwark Playhouse). Her film credits include The Rezort, The East London Story: Slap or Die, London, Paris, New York and Twenty8K.
Andrew Joshi plays Heavenly Girl 3. Previous theatre credits include The Madness of King George (Nottingham Playhouse), It’s A Wonderful Life (East Riding Theatre), The Railway Children (UK tour), Breakfast At Tiffany’s(Curve, Leicester, Theatre Royal Haymarket, UK tour), Shiv, The Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road (Curve, Leicester), The Letter (Wyndham’s Theatre/UK tour), Macbeth (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Excavation (Tristan Bates Theatre). Television credits include Giri/Haji.
Nicholas Khan plays Mr Harvey. His previous theatre credits include Approaching Empty (Kiln Theatre), Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse), Our Town, Animal Crackers (Royal Exchange Manchester), A Tale of Two Cities(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse, UK tour, Playhouse Theatre), Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Beaux Stratagem, Dara (National Theatre), Nur Du (Barbican),Voyager (Arcola Theatre), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse), Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe / international tour), Ramayana (Lyric Hammersmith / Bristol Old Vic), Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Book? (Soho Theatre), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Winter’s Tale, The Comedy of Errors, Henry V (RSC), Arabian Nights (Young Vic) and Maa! (Royal Court Theatre).
Leigh Lothian plays Ruth Connors. Her theatre credits include Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre/UK tour), The Flouers O’Edinburgh (Finborough Theatre), Selkie (Southwark Playhouse), Chariots of Fire(Gielgud Theatre), Avenue Q (Gatehouse Theatre) and The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre).
Huw Parmenter plays Sam/Len. His theatre credits include The Mirror Crack’d (Wales Millennium Centre/Salisbury Playhouse), Anything is Possible (Pleasance Theatre), After Orlando (Vaults Theatre/Theatre Royal Stratford East), Desert Rats (Arts Theatre), The Late Wedding (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Dark Tourism (Park Theatre), Rebel Rebel (Theatre503) and Hearing The Song (Orange Tree Theatre).
Lynda Rooke plays Lyn. Her previous theatre credits include Jane Eyre (National Theatre/UK tour), Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Hull Truck Theatre), Piaf, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Queen of the North (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), Touched (Salisbury Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Sherman Theatre), A Taste of Honey and The Last Yankee (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include as series regular Mrs Osborne in Hollyoaks, Bad Move, Inspector Lewis – What Lies Tangled, Chickens, Identity, Foyle’s War, Heartbeat, Von Trapped, Bad Move, My Fragile Heart, Peak Practice, This is Personal, Back Up, The Biz and The Sculptress. Film credits include The Arbor.
Jack Sandle returns to play Jack Salmon. His theatre credits include Monogamy (Park Theatre/UK tour), Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour), War Horse (New London Theatre), The Astronaut’s Chair (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Macbeth (Octagon Theatre Bolton), Far From The Madding Crowd (UK tour), Pains of Youth (Belgrade Theatre), The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse), Hay Fever (York Theatre Royal), The Conquering Hero, The Company Man, Summer Again, The Marrying of Ann Leete and Adam Bede (Orange Tree Theatre) and Two Noble Kinsmen (Bristol Old Vic).