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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

Nicholas Hytner directs Bryony Lavery's stage adaptation.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

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 30 November, ahead of an opening night on 7 December and performances to 26 Feb. 2022.

Set twelve years before the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage follows two young people being hunted. They have to care for Lyra Belacqua too, ensuring Lyra survives for the good of everyone's future. 

The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage is written by Philip Pullman and was published in 2017. In 2019, Pullman was knighted for services to literature. The stage adaptation is by Bryony Lavery, whose previous works include Frozen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Suranne Jones and David Walliams' The Midnight Gang. 

Nicholas Hytner directs, with design by Bob Crowley, puppetry by Barnaby Dixon, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Grant Olding. The cast is completed by 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 Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage is at the Bridge Theatre from 30 November.

Photo credit: Bryony Lavery and Nicholas Hytner (Photos courtesy of Premier Comms and by Helen Maybanks respectively)

Article Updated: 25 Octobeer 2021

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