His Dark Materials: New Edition

Overview

“‘Unstageable’ was the first reaction of the National Theatre’s artistic director, Nicholas Hytner, to the idea of dramatizing His Dark Materials. But last night’s opening night has triumphantly proved him wrong.”—The Sunday Times

Nicholas Wright has revisited his adaptation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling fantasy trilogy, tightening and improving it, and this revised version is to be published alongside the reopening in the National Theatre’s...

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Overview

“‘Unstageable’ was the first reaction of the National Theatre’s artistic director, Nicholas Hytner, to the idea of dramatizing His Dark Materials. But last night’s opening night has triumphantly proved him wrong.”—The Sunday Times

Nicholas Wright has revisited his adaptation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling fantasy trilogy, tightening and improving it, and this revised version is to be published alongside the reopening in the National Theatre’s 20042005 season.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854598318
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: His Dark Materials Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip  Pullman
Philip Pullman is the author of of several novels for adults and children, but it was the His Dark Materials trilogy that gained him world-wide fame and made him the first children's writer to win the Whitbread Award. Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton won rave reviews and the Olivier Award for Best Play. The West End production was subsequently seen on Broadway. His adaptations include Pirandello's Naked and Wedekind's Lulu, as well as the new His Dark Materials and Chekhov's Three Sisters, both for the National Theatre in London.

Good To Know

Interesting facts about Philip Pullman and his books:
  • The Amber Spyglass was the first children's book to be named the Whitbread Book of the Year.

  • Among the other awards Pullman has received are Britain's prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (a sort of Nobel Prize for children's literature) honoring his entire body of work.

  • Pullman enjoys playing the piano. "I'd like to play it well," he quips on his website. "But I can't, so the rest of the family has to put up with my playing it badly."

  • Pullman persuaded his publisher to let him illustrate the first two books of His Dark Materials with small, symbolic pen and ink drawings at the start of each chapter. Although these illustrations were left out of first editions in the U.S., they have been included in later editions. The third book of the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass does not have illustrations, but chapters begin with quotations from some of Pullman's favorite writers, like John Milton, William Blake, and Emily Dickinson.

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      1. Hometown:
        Oxford, England
      1. Date of Birth:
        October 19, 1946
      2. Place of Birth:
        Norwich, England
      1. Education:
        Exeter College, Oxford University
      2. Website:

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