The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage (London)
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The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage (London)
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The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage (London) London Reviews and Tickets

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(14 Reviews)
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Mixed
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Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

Nicholas Hytner brings Philip Pullman's acclaimed fantasy novel to the London stage.

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Member Reviews (14)

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
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Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Gorgeous production! Great acting and imagination. Lots of thought-provoking themes.

Don't see it if you prefer plays where the main character are not young and plays without magical elements

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
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Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Gorgeous Production and very special adaptation of the book. Great acting and puppetry.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy fantasy.

90 Reviews | 3 Followers
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Amazing set, Dry, Banal, For kids

See it if you're a fan of Philip Pullman, love puppetry shows, and/or don't mind a show that's aimed at children more so than adults.

Don't see it if you are expecting a clever or interesting play and/or you don't like puppetry. Read more

34 Reviews | 0 Followers
83
Profound, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Philip Pullman and His Dark materials.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to lights.

32 Reviews | 0 Followers
82
Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Quite a magical production. The use of the stage and projection were first class.

Don't see it if Fantasy

21 Reviews | 0 Followers
93
Must see, Intelligent, Epic, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You liked the lion King way of staging animals. Very clever and engaging. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thrilling.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy seeing the silhouettes of actors playing animals.

16 Reviews | 0 Followers
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Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if some interesting puppetry with a decent homage to the book and some beautiful effects

Don't see it if super fans of the book will be left disappointed. A little slow and unnecessary at times, particularly in the second act

14 Reviews | 0 Followers
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Intense, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You love Philip Pullman and would like to see an imaginative staging of the world of daemons

Don't see it if You don't like adults putting on childish voices to play children

Critic Reviews (5)

The London Evening Standard
December 8th, 2021

I suspect kids taken to see this show will gulp down its copious pleasures and skim over the difficult, grown-up bits. I left it, as I often do with Pullman’s work, simultaneously elated and deflated, exhausted from chasing one narrative high after another.
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The Guardian (UK)
December 8th, 2021

What is more remarkable is the production’s ability to keep closely to Pullman’s earth-bound and realistic brand of fantasy...Here is the ultimate Christmas show – with sacrilegious twists.
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London Theatre
December 9th, 2021

As a Christmas show, it’s a puzzling choice, particularly given the author’s anti-religious sentiments, and it doesn’t really justify its transfer to this new medium. But it should certainly satisfy the Pullman faithful until the next of his books hits our shelves.
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The Times (UK)
December 12th, 2021

Good pace, clever scenery projections, an adorable baby and . . . a plot of pure tommyrot: Nick Hytner’s return to Philip Pullman’s fiction is fun to watch but intellectually little more nourishing than cornflakes.
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Time Out London
December 8th, 2021

I would take older children or fans to see this and be confident they’d find something to enjoy and to argue about afterwards. But it’s no ‘War Horse’, and certainly no ‘Northern Lights’.
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