The modern myth incorporates time travel, magic, memory and peril in a journey that promises to thrill those brave enough to follow. Exploring the disconnect between childhood and adulthood, the story revolves around a man called Alex. When he returns home for a funeral, Alex is drawn to the duck pond behind the house of his childhood friend Lettie. The present begins to merge with the past as Alex is transported back to his 11th birthday. Suddenly this pond feels like an ocean, as Alex and Lettie must confront destructive supernatural forces.
Gaiman's adventure is imbued with theatricality (there's a reason so many of his novels have ended up on screen or stage). Writer Joel Horwood adapts the prose for performance and Katy Rudd directs. The stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane offers a rich fantasy world for set designer Fly Davis (Macbeth, National Theatre) to conjure in the National's Dorfman Theatre.
As the play includes some dark themes, it is recommended for children ages 12 and up.
Public booking for The Ocean at the End of the Lane opens at 8:30am on Friday 5 July.
|What||The Ocean at the End of the Lane, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
03 Dec 19 – 25 Jan 20, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£15 - £65|
|Website||Click here for more info and to book|