THE National Theatre’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane will come to Southampton next year, direct from the West End.

The thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship will visit Mayflower Theatre in July as part of the 2022/2023 UK and Ireland tour.

Tickets go on sale on 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 blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling.

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.

Daily Echo:

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. It has its own theatrical magic."

Director Katy Rudd added: "Thanks to our amazing creative team we 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 growing up, experiencing real emotion and real pain, and finding a way to get through it with the help of his friends."

The 40-week tour follows two West End stints.

Daily Echo:

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 runs from July 4 to 8 2023. 

Tickets from mayflower.org.uk or 02380 711811.

 

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