The Ocean at the End of the Lane at Theater Bath

A truly magical and mesmerizing evening of theater has arrived in Bath. This production from the National Theater of Neil Gaiman’s novel “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” brings wonder and spectacle to Theater Royal Bath, for an evening which will leave you spellbound.

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Weaving Gaiman’s storytelling with the National Theatre’s ability to bring create unforgettable theater thanks to their imaginative staging, sets, costumes and visuals.

This is a remarkable play which explores memories and who we really are at different stages of our lives.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane tells the story of a man who returns to his childhood home, only to find himself transported to his 12th birthday.

Here we meet his family who are in a state of disarray and his otherworldly friend Lettie who tells him the pond at the farmhouse where he used to play isn’t really a pond but an ocean of time and space.

Thrust into a thrilling magical adventure, the boy played by Keir Ogilvy and Lettie, played by Millie Hikasa inadvertently allow a monster into their world, who takes on the guise of a mysterious female lodger in his home.

With only his wits and Lettie and her curiously timeless mother and grandmother, it’s down to the boy and his new magical best friend to make the world, his home and family right once more.

There’s so much that is wonderful about this play, from the outstanding cast, to the visual trickery on stage, moments of thunderous music and effects which you feel reverberating through you, to playful, dreamlike scenes in the ocean.

The cast includes standout performances from Charlie Brooks, well known for her role as Janine in Eastenders, who is mesmerizing as Ursula, alongside Finty Williams as Old Mrs. Hempstock filled with magic and mystery, and Trevor Fox who brings depth and pain to the role of Dad struggles to continue juggling life as a single parent.

I loved every minute of this production, with moments of real magic and wonder, wild and monstrous puppetry, and powerful performances which deliver a timeless message of memories and being true to yourself.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is at the Theater Royal Bath from Tuesday 7th March to Saturday 18th March. You can get more information and tickets here.

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