The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Is Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” a story of childhood for adults or an adult view of the world for children? As director Katy Rudd’s astonishingly theatrical production of Joel Horwood’s adaptation resoundingly proves, the answer is: Both.
The dazzle comes from director Katy Rudd (best director at The Stage Debut Awards in 2018) who, with a crack creative team, throws everything at this production.
Trying to squeeze such an extravagant story into a space as intimate as the Dorfman might seem a daunting task, but Joel Horwood’s adaptation and Katy Rudd’s restlessly imaginative production rise to the challenge.
It’s not just the spellbinding mise en scene from director Katy Rudd – with all related creative contributions unleashing one hallucinogenic thrill after another.
Rudd does a terrific job bringing it to life... It's one of the most satisfying Christmas shows the National has created for a long time
What's On Stage
Isn’t that the marvel of fiction itself – the show, enchanting for young and old alike, poignantly argues: that it gives you the armour to go forth and battle with the worst that life can throw at you...the National at its very best
A monster-powered, adrenaline-filled spectacular... dynamically directed by Katy Rudd
Katy Rudd’s thrilling NT production, which is pacy, stylish and also expertly harnesses the inherent ambiguity of theatre to get to the heart of Gaiman’s tale
Joel Horwood’s adaptation and Katy Rudd’s restlessly imaginative production rise to the challenge
It’s an edgy, stunningly thought through tribute to the wild and wonderful life of the mind, and its ability to help us engage with the horrors that life flings at us
The Arts Desk
Rudd’s staging is brilliantly pitched on the border between fantasy and reality
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