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Ocean Going Thrills

Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ is a real theatrical spectacular. It’s coming to Sunderland in February (and Newcastle in July).

This production has got some oomph behind it, and make no mistake. It’s been penned by Neil Gaiman, one of the UK’s top fantasy writers responsible for the likes of ‘Coraline’, ‘Good Omens’ and ‘The Sandman’. Not only that, it’s been put together by the producers who scored huge hits with the likes of ‘War Horse’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. The gist? 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. A thrilling adventure then, of fantasy, myth and friendship, that takes audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, 28 February-4 March, Sunderland Empire, 7.30pm (mats Wed, Thurs and Sat 2.30pm), from £13, atgtickets.com. The production is also at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle from 11-22 July.