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The Lovely Bones stage adaptation UK tour casting announced

The piece will tour to venues across the UK from September

Charlotte Beaumont in The Lovely Bones

Casting has been announced for the brand new stage adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones.

Penned for the stage by Bryony Lavery with direction by Melly Still, the piece will open at Royal and Derngate in Northampton before visiting Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Birmingham and Ipswich.

Charlotte Beaumont (Broadchurch) will play the lead role of Susie Salmon in the show, joined by Jack Sandle (War Horse) as Jack Salmon, Emily Bevan (The Haunting of Hill House) as Abigail Salmon, Ayoola Smart (Othello) as Lindsay, Keith Dunphy (The Rivals) as Mr Harvey, Pete Ashmore as Len Feneman / Samuel, Bhawna Bhawsar as Ruana Singh / Franny, Susan Bovell as Lynn / Cop / Mrs Flanagan, Natasha Cottriall as Ruth Connors / Buckley Salmon and Karan Gill as Ray Singh / Principal Caden.

The show is designed by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, with lighting by Matt Haskins, sound design by Helen Skiera, movement direction by Mike Ashcroft and composition by Dave Price.

Sebold's 2002 novel follows a girl who, from the afterlife, watches her family and friends move on with their lives following her rape and murder. It was adapted into a film in 2010, with Saoirse Ronan in the lead role.