Bryony Lavery’s new stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage has been postponed at the Bridge Theatre in London.
In a message the theatre said: “Because of the continuing restrictions on theatres we are sadly having to postpone performances of The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage this summer. As soon as it’s safe to do so, we’ll get The Bridge back open.”
The theatre continued: “In the meantime, we would very much like to hold your booking for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage with the seats you chose – and we’ll get back to you with a new date as soon as we can. If you’re happy with that, you don’t need to do anything.
“Of course, if you prefer, we can organise a refund – either to your original payment method or, if you can, as a credit to your account with us to be used for any production at the Bridge. (That would be very helpful indeed). You can be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The play was due to begin previews on 11 July 2020 and run until 10 October 2020 at the south London venue.
Helmed by Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, The Lady In The Van), the play is set 12 years before Pullman’s classic His Dark Materials trilogy and centres on two young people and their daemons as they struggle to protect a tiny child whose destiny will alter the fate of the world.
The novel was published in 2017 followed by The Secret Commonwealth in 2019. Hytner also directed the ground-breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre sixteen years ago.
The creative team includes Bob Crowley (set & costume), Luke Halls (video designs), Bruno Poet (lighting design), Barnaby Dixon (puppetry design), Grant Olding (music) Emily Burns (associate director) and James Cousins (associate director / movement director).
New dates and casting for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage are to be announced.