© Photography by David Cooper, Creative direction by Punch & Judy Inc.
© Photography by David Cooper, Creative direction by Punch & Judy Inc.
Family programming Theatre Theatre classics Youth
“Discover the importance of imagination.” NOW Toronto
  • Based upon the novel by Michael Ende
  • Adapted by David S. Craig
  • Directed by Jillian Keiley

An NAC English Theatre Production in association with the Stratford Festival

Embark on the quest of a lifetime.

Hiding in an attic to avoid school bullies, a strangely magical book falls into the hands of ten-year-old Bastian: the tale of a hero’s quest to save the world of Fantastica from the encroaching emptiness called the Nothing. But is Bastian just a reader of this extraordinary story – or a vital part of it?

Filled with spectacle and wondrous other-worldly creatures, this beautiful coming-of-age tale of the trials of childhood and the triumph of imagination will delight and inspire the whole family.

This production includes intense music and strobe lighting effects. Some scenes may be frightening to the very young.

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Jan 27
Jan 28
Jan 29
  • 7:30 PM Preview
Jan 30
  • 7:30 PM Preview
Jan 31
  • 7:30 PM Opening Night
Feb 1
  • 2:00 PM
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 2
Feb 3
Feb 4
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 5
  • 7:30 PM Talkback
Feb 6
  • 7:30 PM Talkback
Feb 7
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 8
  • 2:00 PM
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 9
  • 2:00 PM
Feb 10
Feb 11
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 12
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 13
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 14
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 15
  • 2:00 PM
  • 7:30 PM
Feb 16
© Photography by David Cooper, Creative direction by Punch & Judy Inc.
Roy Lewis as Bookseller and Jake Runeckles as Bastian. Set/Costume Design Bretta Gerecke; Lighting Design Leigh Ann Vardy © Emily Cooper
Qasim Khan (centre) as Atreyu and Andrew Robinson as Artax the Horse. Set/Costume Design Bretta Gerecke; Lighting Design Leigh Ann Vardy © Emily Cooper
Jake Runeckles as Bastian and Mamie Zwettler as The Childlike Empress. Set/Costume Design Bretta Gerecke; Lighting Design Leigh Ann Vardy © Emily Cooper
Qasim Khan (left) as Atreyu and Kim Horsman as Morla the Turtle. Set/Costume Design Bretta Gerecke; Lighting Design Leigh Ann Vardy © Emily Cooper
© Photography by David Cooper, Creative direction by Punch & Judy Inc.

Artists

  • Based upon the novel by Michael Ende
  • Adapted by David S. Craig
  • Directed by Jillian Keiley
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