Last Updated on 6th July 2023
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane UK Tour will see the acclaimed National Theatre production visit 29 theatres from December this year.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane UK Tour 2023
The National Theatre have announced that following an acclaimed run at the Duke Of York’s Theatre, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane UK Tour will open at The Lowry, Salford in December 2022.
This first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, which blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling that takes audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it.
Returning to his childhood home, a man finds himself standing beside the pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 12th birthday when his remarkable friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean – a place where everything is possible…
Plunged into a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.
Touring for a total of 40 weeks, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane UK Tour is the largest tour mounted by the National Theatre since before the COVID-19 pandemic. It follows a celebrated six-month run of The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End, which opened in November 2021 after the production received its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre in late 2019.
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 not like anything else I’ve ever been involved in. It’s not like anything else you’ll ever see at the theatre. The Ocean at the End of the Lane has its own theatrical magic. It’s why happy people tell you that they cried while watching it, it’s why it becomes a dreamlike experience in memory, it gets bigger the further inside you follow it. Like a duck pond that contains an ocean that holds the universe…”
Neil Gaiman is known for his graphic novels, including The Sandman series (with a major new Netflix series scheduled for release in 2022); his novels for adults and children including Stardust, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book; and multiple film and television projects including Good Omens and Anansi Boys. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was the winner of the Book of the Year at the 2013 National Book Awards and has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane introduces audiences to Gaiman’s magical world and the much-loved characters that inhabit it, fully realised on stage. An award-winning creative team join Katy Rudd (Director) and Joel Horwood (Stage Adaptation); with set design by Fly Davis (Beginning; Caroline or Change) and costume and puppet design by Samuel Wyer (The Boy in the Dress; 2022 Best Family Show Olivier Award winner for Wolf Witch Giant Fairy). Movement direction is by Steven Hoggett (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), composition by Jherek Bischoff (LA-based composer and multi-instrumentalist whose collaborators include David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, and Regina Spektor), lighting design is by Paule Constable (5 times winner of the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design, including for The Ocean at the End of the Lane in 2020), sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph (Angels in America; Small Island; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), magic and illusions direction and design by Jamie Harrison (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and puppetry direction by Finn Caldwell (2022 Olivier Award winner for Life of Pi; War Horse). Tour casting is by Sarah Hughes CDG. Cast to be announced.
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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane UK Tour Dates
Running Time 2 hrs and 35 mins including interval. Suitable 12 + years.
Mayflower Theatre Southampton
4 – 8 July 2023
Newcastle Theatre Royal
11 – 22 July 2023
Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
25 – 29 July 2023
Cliffs Pavilion Southend
8 – 12 August 2023
15 – 19 August 2023
His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen
22 – 28 August 2023
King’s Theatre Glasgow
29 August – 2 September 2023
Norwich Theatre Royal
5 – 9 September 2023
Regent Theatre Stoke On Trent
12 – 16 September 2023
Hall for Cornwall Truro
19 – 23 September 2023
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
26 – 30 September 2023