CANCELLED The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage

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The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, Bridge Theatre

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Nicholas Hytner follows up 2003’s NT ‘His Dark Materials’ with the first stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s prequel

‘The Book of Dust’ has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and has not presently been rescheduled.

If season two of the Beeb’s ‘His Dark Materials’ seems horribly far away then fear not – your next hit of Philip Pullman’s fantasy world is coming sooner than you think.

One of Nicholas Hytner’s first big successes at the National Theatre was directing an epic stage adaptation of Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’. And now: hooray! Seventeen years later he’s moved on to the (still incomplete) follow up trilogy ‘The Book of Dust’ at his new gaff the Bridge. 

This time Bryony Lavery adapts ‘La Belle Sauvage’, which serves as a prequel to ‘His Dark Materials’, and follows the very early adventures of a six-month-old Lyra Belacqua, as two young people – Malcolm and Alice – find themselves tasked with keeping the infant safe as they flee the malevolent forces of the Magisterium on the eponymous boat.

Hytner will direct, though otherwise it’s a totally different creative team to ‘His Dark Materials. Bob Crowley is on design and Barnaby Dixon on puppets – suggesting that while the basic idea of the world’s animal ‘daemons’ being represented by puppets remains, it’s unlikely to be of an explicit visual piece with the NT’s trilogy.

Casting is TBA; tickets go on sale to the general public 10am Nov 22.

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