New dates and rehearsal images for Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust

New performance dates have released for Nicholas Hytner’s production of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage which is set to run at The Bridge. Taking place twelve years before Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials trilogy, performances are now from 30 November 2021 – 26 February 2022 with opening night on 7 December 2021. The production has been adapted from the book by Bryony Lavery.

Images of the cast in rehearsals have also been announced. See below for a selection of shots by

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. 

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 are by Luke Halls and Zakk Hein and music by Grant Olding.  James Cousins is also movement director, Kate Waters is fight director and illusions are by Filipe Carvalho.

La Belle Sauvage was published in 2017 and was followed by The Secret Commonwealth in 2019. His Dark Materials, a ground-breaking production sixteen 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.

Rehearsal images by Manuel Harlan:

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