The Neverending Story
About the Show
The Neverending Story is the first English language stage adaptation of the classic adventure story made famous worldwide by the novel by Michel Ende and the 1984 film adaptation by Wolfgang Petersen.
The play opens with young Bastian, a bookish boy tormented by school bullies. But when an old bookseller gives Bastian a most amazing book, he finds refuge in the story on its pages.
It begins, "Fantastica was in danger."
The Nothing is engulfing everything in its path, and the Childlike Empress sends the unlikely hero Atreyu, a boy of Bastian’s age, on a quest to find the one who can save them all. Atreyu’s adventure takes him to the far corners of Fantastica, through the Swamp of Sadness, the cave of a giant spider, and the maze of the Southern Oracle, aided by the happy Luck Dragon, Falkor. But it is with Bastian’s belief in the story that Fantastica has found its true savior. Imagination will live on, and the story begins again…
The Neverending Story received its West Coast premiere at the Seattle Children's Theatre on December 7, 2007, directed by David Bennett.
The East Coast premiere was at the Imagination Stage, Bethesda, Maryland on June 24, 2008, directed by Janet Stanford.
Subsequent productions include:
First Stage, Milwaukee, March 6 to April 5, 2009 - directed by Jeff Frank
Childsplay Theatre, Tempe, Arizona, April 19 to May 24, 2009 - directed by Anthony Runfola
Dallas Children's Theatre, projected opening June 19 to July 26, 2009 - directed by Artie Olaisen
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"The Neverending Story" receives a new life...[it] has a sense of charm and childhood wonder that makes the tale truer than the movie could hope for." - Weekly Volcano (Seattle, USA)
"If fantastic tales were houses, "The Neverending Story" would be prime real estate. On one level it's a gripping adventure, full of weird and wondrous creatures, some of them human. On another level it is a thoughtful meditation on depression and nihilism. A third level accommodates one of those archetypal hero-quest tales. Surviving ordeals in pursuit of a goal, a boy becomes a man. But what I like best about this story is its capacity to face inescapable facts in the midst of a fabulous array of escape strategies..." - Seattle Post Intelligencer (Seattle, USA)