PHOTO CALL: His Dark Materials Begins in London

News   PHOTO CALL: His Dark Materials Begins in London
 
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.
Top: Niamh Cusack, as Serafina Pekkala, and Cecilia Noble, as Ruta Skadi, Bottom: Timothy Dalton, as Lord Asriel and Lord Asriel's d
Top: Niamh Cusack, as Serafina Pekkala, and Cecilia Noble, as Ruta Skadi, Bottom: Timothy Dalton, as Lord Asriel and Lord Asriel's d

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.

All photos are by Ivan Kyncl

Anna Maxwell Martin, as Lyra Belacqua, with a host of Armoured Bears in <i>His Dark Materials</i>
Anna Maxwell Martin, as Lyra Belacqua, with a host of Armoured Bears in His Dark Materials
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