First look: The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage in rehearsal

Last Updated on 25 October 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

New dates have been announced for Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage at The Bridge Theatre

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The cast of The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage in rehearsal. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Rehearsal photography has been released for the new stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage at The Bridge Theatre in London.

New performance dates have been announced for the show which will now run from 30 November 2021 to 26 February 2022 with opening night on 7 December 2021.

Taking place 12 years before Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials trilogy, it follows two young people – and their dæmons – who find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt, caring for a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua – the future heroine of His Dark Materials.

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Julie Atherton and Pip Carter in rehearsals for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage

It has been adapted by Bryony Lavery and is directed by Nicholas Hytner.

The cast comprises 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 co-directors are Emily Burns and James Cousins with designs by Bob Crowley, puppetry by Barnaby Dixon, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti, video designs by Luke Halls and Zakk Hein, music by Grant Olding, movement by James Cousins and illusions by Filipe Carvalho with Kate Waters as fight director.

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John Light, Heather Forster, Samuel Creasey and Ella Dacres in rehearsal for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage. Photo: Manuel Harlan

La Belle Sauvage was published in 2017 and followed by The Secret Commonwealth in 2019. His Dark Materials, a ground-breaking production 16 years ago directed by Hytner at the National Theatre, was also adapted for broadcast on BBC One in 2019 with the second series in 2020.

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Heather Forster, Samuel Creasey and Ella Dacres in rehearsal for The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage
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