This February, National Theatre Live presents its lavish adaptation of The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman's dazzling prequel to His Dark Materials. Within the context of a live space, audiences find themselves pulled into the dramatic events that preceded the life of Lyra Belacqua. Check out these new behind-the-scenes images from the show.
The official synopsis is as follows: 'Set twelve years before his epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Phillip Pullman's fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing. Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre 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. Eighteen years after his groundbreaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe. Broadcast live from London’s Bridge Theatre.'
The production is staged by the esteemed Nicholas Hytner, famous for adapting Alan Bennett's The History Boys and the original stage production of His Dark Materials. Bryony Lavery adapts Pullman's first Book of Dust novel, La Belle Sauvage, and it's captured in the atmospheric context of London's Bride Theatre.
Here's a behind the scenes clip to get you excited for the production.
Click here to book your tickets for National Theatre Live: The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage, which opens on 17th February. And don't forget to check out our comprehensive rundown of event cinema screenings in Cineworld.