A modern myth from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman, creator of Good Omens, the epic American Gods, Coraline, Stardust and the Sandman series.
Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 11th birthday, spring half term. When his dad was struggling to make ends meet and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean…
Plunged into a magical world, Alex and Lettie’s survival depends on their ability to reckon with dark, ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.
Adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this adventure will excite, unsettle and thrill those brave enough to face its hidden depths.
Recommended for 12yrs+
A magical adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel that celebrates what theatre can do
One of the most satisfying Christmas shows the National has created for a long time
Terrifying, magical coming of age story
Neil Gaiman adaptation is all action
Sensational stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel about a man recalling a summer where he battled creatures from outside reality
Is this the new Curious Incident?
This production shows theatre at its finest and pushes the boundaries of the medium
It's told with great theatrical flair and few genuine scares
This reviewer never engaged with the story
I feel like a giant child
Spectacular illusions blend with superb storytelling in this scary, magical drama
Memory and imagination, inner and outer worlds merge
On a set bordered by gnarled briars, terrors and wonders otherworldly and intimate materialise
Kathy Rudd’s staging of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book brilliantly interrogates the ever-thinning separation between reality and the imagination
It brings the inside of Gaiman’s head to life