NATIONAL THEATRE’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, TO RETURN TO THE LOWRY, SALFORD FROM 4 OCTOBER 2023
Following a recent highly acclaimed four week run at The Lowry, the National Theatre’s smash-hit production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane returns to Salford this October due to popular demand. Based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship is currently on tour visiting 29 towns and cities, across the UK and Ireland. Tickets are on sale to The Lowry members today, and will be available to the public on Tuesday 7 February 2023.
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.
This first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work 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.
Steve Cowton, The Lowry’s Head of Theatre Operations, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the response from audiences when we presented this show at Christmas – and we’re delighted that the National Theatre have agreed to extend their tour by a week so that we can bring the show back. It means that the tour of The Ocean at the End of the Lane will begin AND end in Salford.”
The current 17-strong ensemble cast are: Charlie Brooks (Ursula), Daniel Cornish (alternate Boy), Trevor Fox (Dad), Emma-Jane Goodwin (understudy), Paolo Guidi (ensemble), Millie Hikasa (Lettie Hempstock), Lewis Howard (understudy), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Ginnie Hempstock), Jasmeen James (understudy), Ronnie Lee (ensemble), Aimee McGoldrick (ensemble), Laurie Ogden (Sis), Keir Ogilvy (Boy), Domonic Ramsden (ensemble), Joe Rawlinson-Hunt (understudy), Risha Silvera (understudy) and Finty Williams (Old Mrs Hempstock).
Charlie Brooks is scheduled to perform in Woking, Leicester, Plymouth, Sunderland, Bath, Belfast, Dublin, Bradford, Wimbledon, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham and Cardiff, with further venues to be confirmed.
The award-winning creative team also includes set designer, Fly Davis; costume and puppet designer, Samuel Wyer; movement director, Steven Hoggett; composer, Jherek Bischoff; lighting designer, Paule Constable; sound designer, Ian Dickinson; magic and illusions director and designer, Jamie Harrison; puppetry director, Finn Caldwell and casting director, Naomi Downham. The associate creative team includes associate director, Sophie Dillon Moniram; associate set designer, Tim Blazdell; associate movement director, Jess Williams; associate lighting designers, Rob Casey (for Ammonite) and Tom Turner; associate sound designer, Chris Reid; associate magic and illusions director, John Bulleid; and associate puppetry director, Gareth Aled.
Assisted performances are available at every venue across the tour. At The Lowry, a Sign Language interpreted performance will be on Thursday 5 October at 2pm and an Audio Described performance on Thursday 5 October at 7:30pm.
For more information and tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call 0161 876 2000.