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Nominated for Best New Play at the 2020 Olivier Awards!
Described as a mesmerising piece of theatrical magic, Katy Rudd and Joel Horwood's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2013 novel was a huge hit at the National Theatre over Christmas last year and now returns to cast its spell over the West End in 2021 when it transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre in October. A fantastical adventure that follows two young friends as they set out to defeat nefarious supernatural forces, it's Gaiman on fine form, brought to life by breathtaking effects, puppetry and more.
What is the story?
When our hero returns to his childhood home for a funeral, he is suddenly overcome by the vivid memories of a spring over 40 years before. At that time, he had a best friend, Lettie Hempstock, who claimed the duck pond behind her house was actually a vast ocean. Diving headlong into his past, our hero confronts the true nature of Lettie and her unusual family, and the epic battle they waged against unsettling magic they faced together so long ago.
Please note: This production contains scenes that some people may find distressing and strobe lighting.
Opening night: 23 October 2021
Two hours and 20 minutes including interval
You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.
Based on the Novel by Neil Gaiman
Adapted by Joel Horwood
Directed by Katy Rudd
Design by Fly Davis
Costume and puppetry design by Samuel Wyver
Movement direction by Stephen Hoggett
Composition by Jherek Bischoff,
Lighting design by Paule Constable
Puppetry direction Finn Caldwell
Sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Magic and illusions direction and design by Jamie Harrison
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Josie Walker
Best Lighting Design
Best New Play
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