The Book of Dust
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National Theatre Live

The Book of Dust

La Belle Sauvage
May 08, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Arts On Screen season. This is an archived view.

Nicholas Hytner brings a dazzling wizard's touch to this adaptation of Philip Pullman's fantasy tale.

21/22 Arts On Screen

The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage: Official Trailer | National Theatre Live


Nearly two decades ago, Nicholas Hytner triumphantly staged Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials at the National Theatre. He returns to that questing world with this version of the first volume in another trilogy, set 12 years earlier than His Dark Materials. Hytner displays the same wizard's touch for turning Pullman's fast, fantasy narratives into theatrical gold. His supremely elegant production is vast, but never unruly, on a set that dazzles but does not swamp the storytelling.

Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the center of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others. D: Nicholas Hytner, UK, 2021

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