“The inheritance of wisdom, community and self” – Matthew Lopez. Each year, around March, I think of a brilliant way to start the Best of the Year list. Each year, around December, I forget it. In the year when football nearly came home and the UK has been stuck on a political pause, theatre has been the lodestar.
It honestly doesn’t let up. At all. After an Edinburgh-focused August, and a ‘keep myself busy at all costs’ September (mostly to avoid the hell that is rush hour transport), October has rolled in, bursting at the seams because there is too much to do.
The Lovely Bones is one of the best plays I’ve seen this year. In fact, Melly Still’s vital production is the best page to stage adaptation I’ve seen since Curious Incident.
You’re riveted from the very first second of The Lovely Bones. Shocking, horrifying and heart-wrenching this remarkable 100-minute stage adaptation of Alice Sebold’s international best-seller is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Bryony Lavery – no stranger to dangerous topics after her unsettlingly brilliant Frozen – adapts Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones for this first stage version, directed by Melly Still.
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.