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The Way Back Home

A co-production between ENO, Young Vic and Opéra National de Paris, and in collaboration with The Royal Swedish Opera

11 - 23 December 2014

The Maria

Free Family Workshop - Sat 20 Dec

Join us in an imaginary tale as the boy and the martian continue their adventure in this special family workshop. This free workshop is an hour long and aimed at children aged between 5-8 years old. Find out more and reserve your place.

Show information 

Once there was a boy who found himself stuck on the moon - and he was not alone…

A boy discovers an aeroplane in his cupboard. He does the only sensible thing and flies to the stars. But when he runs out of petrol and crash lands on the moon, he comes face to face with a stranded Martian. Will the two become friends and help each other find their ways back home?

Oliver Jeffers’ famous book comes to life in this enchanting new opera for ages 5+, full of delightful animation. Created by Katie Mitchell and Vicki Mortimer, the pair behind the hit stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, with a score by the young, gifted Joanna Lee and a libretto by Rory Mullarkey, this exciting co-production is ENO’s first ever new opera for children.

'Fast-paced, engaging and vibrantly delivered'
The Times 

Daily Express

'Every aspect of the production oozes charm'
Financial Times 

Babes in arms are welcome. Please speak to our Welcome Team on 020 7922 2922 for more information.

Click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show so far.


Monday - Saturday: 2.30pm & 4.30pm (except 11, 13 & 20 Dec when performances will be at 4pm & 6pm)

Running time: 50 minutes no interval 


Tickets: Adults: £15, Children £10


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

Food & drink

Why not grab a drink or a bite to eat at The Cut before or after the show. The excellent kids menu includes Mini Grass Fed Burgers, freshly squeezed farmed juices and delicious Koko Deluxe hot chocolate. Take a look at the full kids menu here

Visit The Cut Bar's website.

In the press

"The Way Back Home is practically the perfect show for children this Christmas" - The Londonist

Will Gompertz talks The Way Back Home, childrens opera and the importance of the arts in contemporary society - The BBC

Katie Mitchell interviewed by The Telegraph about children's theatre, The Way Back Home and other recent work.

"Season of the Mitch" - Katie Mitchell talks to TimeOut about theatre and science.    

Based on the book by 
Oliver Jeffers 
Composer Joanna Lee 
Librettist Rory Mullarkey
Conductor Stephen Higgins 
Director Katie Mitchell 
Design Vicki Mortimer 
Light James Farncombe 
Associate Director Joseph Alford

Victoria Simmonds
Aoife O'Sullivan
Peter Hobday
Alexa Mason
Katie Bray
Rupert Charlesworth
Alexander Robin Baker  

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