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On Stage: Book of Dust

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.
Rating: This production a recommended for age 12+.
Runtime: see program cues below


Saturday, April 16, 2022

12:30 PM

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

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 ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe.

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Writer: Philip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery

Program Cues
00:00:00 - 00:07:33 Pre-show
00:07:33 - 01:28:38 Main Show (Act 1)
01:28:38 - 01:49:37 Interval
01:49:37 - 02:48:19 Main Show (Act 2)
02:48:19 -02:52:20 Credits

* CW
Scenes of threat and physical violence
Gunshot sound effect
Reference of sexual violence towards a minor
Strobe effect and flashing lights
Smoke and haze

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— Time Out

"A galloping adventure of wonder."

— Evening Standard

"A terrific piece of story-telling, confident and enthralling."

— AuthorSarah Crompton, WhatsOnStage

"A theatrical marvel. A supremely elegant production. Theatrical gold."

— Arifa Akbar, Guardian

"The most wonderfully evocative, romantic and dramatic bit of set projection you will see all year."

— Libby Purves, British Theatre