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Philip Pullman’s ‘The Book of Dust’ stage adaptation to open December 2021

The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, the eagerly awaited stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s 2017 novel will open at the Bridge Theatre in December.

Directed 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. The story follows two young people and their daemons as they struggle to protect a tiny child whose destiny will alter the fate of the world. Hytner returns to Pullman’s work having helmed the ground-breaking stage adaptation of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre seventeen years ago.

The Book of Dust is adapted by Bryony Lavery. An accomplished playwright, her work includes Tony award winning play Frozen and stage adaptations of Treasure Island (National Theatre), A Christmas Carol (CFT), The Lovely Bones, The Midnight Gang (CFT/West End) and Brighton Rock (York Theatre Royal).

The piece was originally scheduled to begin previews in July 2020 and run until October 2020, however this was delayed due to covid. The venue confirmed via social media the show will open in December, with specific dates to be revealed.

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).

Full casting for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage will be revealed later this year.

Tickets for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage will go on-sale soon.


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