Casting is announced for the National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, 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 will visit 29 towns and cities, across the UK and Ireland, from 12 December 2022 until 30 September 2023.
The cast includes, 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), 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). Further casting to be announced.
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.
An award-winning creative team join Katy Rudd and Joel Horwood; with set design by Fly Davis and costume and puppet design by Samuel Wyer. Movement direction is by Steven Hoggett, composition by Jherek Bischoff, lighting design is by Paule Constable, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph, magic and illusions direction and design by Jamie Harrison and puppetry direction by Finn Caldwell . Tour casting is by Naomi Downham. The associate creative team include, Sophie Dillon Moniram as associate director, Tim Blazdell as associate set designer, Jess Williams as associate movement director, Rob Casey for Ammonite and Tom Turner as associate lighting designers, Chris Reid as associate sound designer, John Bulleid as magic and illusions associate, and Gareth Aled as associate puppetry director.
The tour will open at The Lowry in Salford where it will play over Christmas (12 December 2022 – 8 January 2023), before visiting…
New Victoria Theatre, Woking (24 – 28 January);
Leicester Curve (31 January – 11 February);
Theatre Royal Plymouth (14 – 25 February);
Sunderland Empire (28 February – 4 March);
Theatre Royal Bath (7 – 18 March);
Grand Opera House, Belfast (21 – 25 March);
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (28 March – 1 April);
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (4 – 8 April);
New Wimbledon Theatre (11 – 15 April);
Edinburgh Festival Theatre (18 – 22 April);
Liverpool Empire (2 – 6 May);
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre (9 – 20 May);
The Alexandra, Birmingham (23 – 27 May);
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (30 May – 3 June);
Nottingham Theatre Royal (6 – 17 June);
New Theatre, Oxford (20 – 24 June);
Milton Keynes Theatre (27 June – 1 July);
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (4 – 8 July);
Newcastle Theatre Royal (11 – 22 July);
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (25 – 29 July);
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (8 – 12 August);
Bristol Hippodrome (15 – 19 August);
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (22 – 26 August);
King’s Theatre, Glasgow (29 August – 2 September);
Norwich Theatre Royal (5 – 9 September);
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (12 – 16 September);
Hall for Cornwall, Truro (19 – 23 September)
and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (26 – 30 September).