The Book of Dust La Belle Sauvage

The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage

The Bridge Theatre, London
The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage
The Bridge Theatre, London

The thrilling first volume in Philip Pullman’s latest trilogy, The Book of Dust, is coming to the stage, making its world premiere at London’s Bridge Theatre. Follow two courageous young people who go on the run in order to protect a very special child. The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage tickets will be available on London Theatre soon. 

Readers were first introduced to Philip Pullman’s extraordinary fantasy world in his original trilogy, His Dark Materials. His Dark Materials is set in a multiverse with one strand that’s essentially our own reality, and others that add striking elements like armoured polar bears, zeppelins, an all-powerful religious force called the Magisterium, and animal-like creatures which are manifestations of a person’s inner self, called daemons. Pullman also grapples with religious, philosophical and scientific ideas.

His first novel, Northern Lights, was published in 1995, followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. All the novels followed the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, and, due to the series’ worldwide success, have been adapted for film, TV and stage. Now, Nicholas Hytner — who directed the National Theatre’s version in 2003, starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Dominic Cooper, Timothy Dalton and Patricia Hodge — gives us The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage play, adapted by Bryony Lavery.

This prequel, which was published in 2017, takes place 12 years before Northern Lights. Malcolm and Alice protect a baby Lyra from evil forces by escaping from Oxford in Malcolm’s canoe during a flood, aiming to get her to her father, Lord Asriel. Those who know Pullman’s world will find plenty of links and revelations, but it’s also a terrific standalone yarn, so don’t miss The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage London premiere.

Pullman’s novel definitely poses some adaptation challenges, since the action mainly takes place on water, and has to move between real locations and mystical ones. But Hytner has already successfully brought this world to theatre, and his modern venue is ideal for creating a spry, flexible production. The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage and the Bridge Theatre should be a perfect match.

So, whether you’re a Pullman superfan or just curious to see how this rich story will play out on stage, make sure you plan your trip and book early, as this is bound to be a popular one. Tickets to The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage will be available soon.

Previews from |
2nd December 2021
Opening date |
14th December 2021
Closes |
19th February 2022
Categories |
By:
Phillip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery
Director:
Nicholas Hytner, Emily Burns and James Cousins
Songs by:
Grant Olding
Lighting:
Jon Clark
Sound:
Paul Arditti
Design:
Bob Crowley
Choreography:
James Cousins
Cast list:
Julie Atherton, Holly Atkins, Wendy Mae Brown, Pip Carter, Samuel Creasey, Ella Dacres, Ayesha Dharker, Heather Forster, Naomi Frederick, Richard James-Neale, John Light, Dearbhla Molloy, Tomi Ogbaro, Sid Sagar, Nick Sampson and Sky Yang

The Bridge Theatre Venue Information

Address:
The Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG
Nearest tube:
Borough

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Photo credit: Bryony Lavery and Nicholas Hytner (Photos courtesy of Premier Comms and by Helen Maybanks respectively)
Philip Pullman’s ‘The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage’ to open at Bridge Theatre in December
Monday, 05 July, 2021, 12:17
Following the news that The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage had new performance dates later this year, an opening has been confirmed. The stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage will begin previews at the Bridge Theatre on 2 December, ahead of an opening night on 14 December and performances to 19 Feb. 2022. Set twelve years before the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage follows two young people being...
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