The National Theatre have just announced their upcoming season, which is set to feature a stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

First published back in 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is in fact Gaiman‘s most recent solo novel. Despite perhaps not being among his most well-known works, this novel has nevertheless received much critical acclaim. Now, six years on, the National Theatre have announced that they are adapting this story for the stage.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane follows an unnamed protagonist (who will be called Alex in the stage adaptation). After attending a funeral, he returns to his childhood home in Sussex. There, strange and buried childhood memories come flooding back. He begins to remember his friend Lettie Hempstock, who convinced him the pond in her garden was an ocean.

The official synopsis for the play, which is suitable for ages 12 and over, reads:

A modern myth from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman, creator of Good Omens, the epic American GodsCoralineStardust and the Sandman series.

Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 11th birthday, spring half term. When his dad was struggling to make ends meet and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean…

Plunged into a magical world, Alex and Lettie’s survival depends on their ability to reckon with dark, ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

Adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this adventure will excite, unsettle and thrill those brave enough to face its hidden depths.

Beyond this, few details have been unveiled about this stage production thus far. At present, Samuel Blenkin and Josie Walker have been announced as cast members.

Blenkin recently starred as Scorpius Malfoy in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildWalker has been part of several West End productions in recent years, including Matilda the Musical and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane will run from 3rd December 2019 – 25th January 2020 at the Dorfman Theatre, London. Tickets will be on sale from 5th July.


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