MALIBU—The Malibu High School Theatre is and will be presenting their adaptation of Philip Pullman’s bestselling “His Dark Materials” trilogy.
The trilogy is comprised of the books “The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife,” and “The Amber Spyglass.”
“The Golden Compass” is the most well-known of the trilogy, partially due to the 2007 movie adaptation starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The three books come together to form a fantasy epic involving a girl named Lyra Belacqua, demons, witches, ghosts, and a multiverse.
Philip Pullman’s series has been adapted multiple times before in many different forms. Along with the 2007 film, the BBC adapted Pullman’s trilogy into a radio drama starring Terence Stamp. The fantasy epic has also been previously adapted to the stage, most famously by the Nicholas Hytner directed version that split the series into a two-part performance that was six hours long. London’s Royal National Theatre hosted that performance and it lasted from December 2003 to March 2004. The play’s success lead to a revival in November 2004, lasting that time until April 2005.
Along with adaptations, “His Dark Materials” has been accompanied by a good deal of controversy, revolving mostly around the trilogy’s anti-Christian views. The film adaptation obscured these themes in order to prevent offending viewers, but some felt that this watered down the film to a great degree.
The play is presented from May 16 to May 19, and combines all three books for what the theatre department is calling simply “His Dark Materials.”
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