Shown on the big screen at the Eastgate Theatre on Fri 1 April, The Book of Dust is set 12 years before Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
And this gripping adaptation is no less epic as it revisits a fantastical word in which waters are rising and storms are brewing. At its centre are two young people and their dæmons who harbour a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua – little more than a newborn but who nonetheless holds the future of the world in her hands.
As the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.
Adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery and directed Nicholas Hytner, this remarkable production features spectacular staging, costumes and exquisite dæmon puppetry – from kingfishers to badgers, lemurs and more.
The Book of Dust screens 7pm, Fri 1 April. Tickets £17, £10, available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or online.