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'His Dark Materials' opens in London on 3rd January, 2004

His Dark Materials, the highly ambitious new stage production from director Nicholas Hytner, is currently preparing for its opening at the Royal National Theatre in London.

Based upon the novel by Philip Pullman, and adapted into two-parts by Nicholas Wright (Vincent in Brixton), His Dark Materials weaves a fantastical tale through worlds both known and unknown to the audience. Lead by a coming of age story for its two central characters, the audience is taken on a treachorous journey complete with encounters with creatures from parallel worlds, rebellious angels, soul-eating specters, armored bears, and a trip to Heaven to boot.

The cast, numbering over thirty, includes Samuel Barnett, John Carlisle, Niamh Cusack, Timothy Dalton, Patrick Godfrey, Stephen Greif, Patricia Hodge, Tim McMullan and Danny Sapani.

His Dark Materials is directed by Nicholas Hytner, with settings by Giles Cadle, costumes by Jon Morrell, lights by Paule Constable, and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Photo by Ivan Kyncl

“His Dark Materials”, Parts I and II, is at the Royal National Theatre, London, from January 3rd-March 20th. Tickets from www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

27th December, 2003


Timothy Dalton in
'His Dark Materials'