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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane Comes to Bristol

  • The Ocean At The End Of The Lane comes to the Bristol Hippodrome in August 2023
    Booking opens in May 2022

The National Theatre’s production of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, will be coming to Bristol as part of a 40-week UK and Ireland Tour next year. Neil Gaiman’s novel has been adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and will be directed by Katy Rudd.

The story will take audiences on a journey of adventure, fantasy and friendship, from adulthood back to his 12th birthday, a place to forgotten childhood and the darkness that lurks at its edges.

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“The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about memory, magic, family. It’s about who you were and who you are,” Gaiman says. “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…” 

Katy Rudd calls Gaiman’s novel a ‘beautiful, rich, multi-faceted story’ saying: “We hope we have created something that is both profound and visually exciting that will appeal, not only to regular theatre audiences, but also to younger people from the ‘Netflix generation’ who might not have been to the theatre .”

Director – Katy Rudd
Adaptation – Joel Horwood
Set Design – Fly Davis
Costume and Puppet Design – Samuel Wyer
Movement Direction – Steven Hoggett
Composition – Jherek Bischoff
Lighting Design – Paule Constable
Sound Design – Ian Dickinson
Magic and Illusions Design and Direction – Jamie Harrison
Puppetry Direction – Finn Caldwell
Tour Casting – Sarah Hughes
Production Photos: Manuel Harlan

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, is suitable for ages 12+ and will be coming to the Bristol Hippodrome from 15 – 19 August 2023.

Booking for Bristol opens on 20 May 2022.

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