Dates for adaptation of The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage at Bridge Theatre

Last Updated on 5 July 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

The Bridge Theatre in London has announced the dates for Bryony Lavery’s stage adaptation of the first book in Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy

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Part of the artwork for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage at the Bridge Theatre

Dates have been announced for the new stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage at London’s Bridge Theatre.

Performances will run from 2 December 2021 to 19 February 2022 with opening night on 14 December. Priority booking opens today, with public booking opening at 10am on 7 July.

The adaptation is by Bryony Lavery whose previous plays include Frozen, Stockholm, Kursk, Dirt and Beautiful Burnout. Her latest play, Last Easter, is currently running at London’s Orange Tree Theatre until 7 August.

The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage will be directed by Nicholas Hytner who previously directed the stage version of Pullman’s His Dark Materials at the National Theatre 16 years ago.

La Belle Sauvage was the first in The Book of Dust trilogy, published in 2017, and has since been followed by The Secret Commonwealth in 2019.

La Belle Sauvage takes place 12 years before His Dark Materials. It follows two young people, and their dæmons, who find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua – the central character in His Dark Materials. As the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of “dust” – the elementary particle linked to consciousness. It is salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.

Designs are by Bob Crowley with puppetry by Barnaby Dixon, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti, video design by Luke Halls and Zakk Hein and music by Grant Olding. The associate directors are Emily Burns and James Cousins who is also movement director. Kate Waters is fight director.

Casting is to be announced at a later date.

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