The Ruby in the Smoke play comes to Oxford bookshop
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Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke to make bookshop stage debut

Last-minute preparations have been made for the first stage adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel The Ruby in the Smoke.

It will make its stage debut in a rather unusual location though - Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford.

The bestselling author will be in the audience on Wednesday evening as the play starts its tour.

He said he wanted to write a "Victorian melodrama", inspired by "every penny dreadful written between 1837 and 1901".

  • 18 Jul 2016
  • From the section Oxford