A haunting and moving novel has been transformed into a new theatre show at Farnworth Little Theatre this weekend.

Opening on Saturday November 11, the stage adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, is set to be a compelling experience for audiences across the borough.

The Lovely Bones follows the journey of a young girl named Susie Salmon.

Susie watches over her family and friends from the afterlife following her tragic murder.

Theatre goers can expect to see themes of love, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit.

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, 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.

Directing this production is Natalie Crompton, she has previously directed productions at FLT including Bronte, One Man Two Guvnors and The 39 Steps. 

The Bolton News: Cast of Lovely BonesCast of Lovely Bones (Image: Adrian Mottram)Natalie said: “Creating this production has been a challenge for the cast who have thrown themselves into everything, brought brilliant ideas with them and absolutely committed themselves at every rehearsal. 

“This cast are not only very talented but very supportive of each other and the production team which has made the process of creating this piece so much easier.

“The cast also includes several younger members who prove that the future of theatre is bright.”

The 13-strong cast have been working hard in rehearsals and will take to the stage to tell this important story.

Performing in the production are Catherine Cropper, Jaime Morris, Chris Dunn, Dave Oliver, Emma Morris, Ellie Murphy, Rachel Slater, Daisy Leather, Manuel Sagay, Sharon Shaw, James Haslam, Jacqui Brian, and Harry Cohen.

Farnworth Little Theatre has a legacy in Bolton spanning 74 years and is dedicated to providing high quality entertainment.

The theatre has a proud tradition of bringing thought-provoking and emotionally resonant productions to the stage, and The Lovely Bones promises to be no exception.

The production at Farnworth Little Theatre will run from Saturday, November 11 to 18 with a matinee show at 2pm on the second Saturday.

Tickets are £10 full price / £8 concession and are available online at www.farnworthlittletheatre.co.uk or by calling the Box Office line on 01204 913112.

The Lovely Bones contains adult themes.

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