Pullman Pulls Out the Stops with Adaptations???
Date: 4 December 2002
Philip Pullman adaptation interest is almost getting out of hand, particularly for his Dark Materials trilogy of children's books. The National Theatre's stage version of the entire epic, being scripted by Vincent in Brixton author Nicholas Wright (See The Goss, 28 Jan 2002), looks to be progressing nightly. It will form part of the inaugural season of incoming artistic director Nicholas Hytner, who told the Sunday Times he's "delighted the National is to do it, but clearly it's got to discover how to stage it in a theatrical way and how, for example, to represent the daemons." Next month, BBC Radio Four will air a nine-hour version, voiced by Terence Stamp. And, for the big screen, fellow playwright Tom Stoppard is working on an adaptation of the first Dark Materials book, The Northern Lights. Meanwhile, in March 2003, Sheffield Crucible will mount the first Pullman stage crossover, an adaptation of his earlier novel, The Firework-maker's Daughter.
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