The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be coming to Southampton next year, direct from the West End.
The thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship will visit the Mayflower Theater in July as part of the 2022/2023 UK and Ireland tour.
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 13.
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Directed by Katy Rudd (Camp Siegfried) and adapted by Joel Horwood (Skins, I Want My Hat Back), the first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work fuses magic and memory in a storytelling tour de force.
Back at his childhood home, a man finds himself standing by the pond at the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He is transported to his 12th birthday when his remarkable friend Lettie claimed it was not a pond, but an ocean – a place where anything is possible…
Immersed in a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to face the old forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.
Writer Neil Gaiman said: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about memory, magic, family. It’s about who you were and who you are. It’s unlike anything else in which I was involved in. It’s unlike anything else you’ll ever see in the theater. He has his own theatrical magic.”
Director Katy Rudd added: “Thanks to our amazing creative team, we’ve found ways to fit an ocean into a bucket and bring huge mythical creatures like the Hunger Birds to life on stage. But, at its heart , Ocean is a human story about a family and a young boy who grows up, feels real emotion and real pain, and finds a way out with the help of his friends.
The 40-week tour follows two stints in the West End.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane won Book of the Year at the 2013 National Book Awards and has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
The Ocean at the End of the Road takes place from July 4 to 8, 2023.
Tickets from mayflower.org.uk or 02380 711811.
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