The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair


Winner of NYMT’s 2022 new writing competition 
Adapted from Lara Williamson’s hit novel, The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair tells the story of Becket, whose life is turned upside down when he, his brother and his Dad are running away from home in the middle of the night, leaving behind their almost-mum Pearl without saying goodbye. Whilst coming to terms with the fact that his real mum died before he had a chance to say goodbye to her too, he arms himself with an armchair of stories and one thousand paper cranes, determined to bring his family back together again.

The musical marks Jordan Li-Smith’s debut as a writer and composer.

Lara Williamson says, “As a huge fan of musical theatre, it is a dream come true to see my novel adapted for the stage by Jordan Li-Smith. Jordan has not only delivered the humour, heartbreak and hope in abundance but he has brought the characters to life in the most exciting, thought- provoking and creative way. It really is a privilege to be part of something so special and I cannot wait for audiences to climb aboard the armchair and experience this moving musical journey.”

Running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.
This production is suitable for all ages, and includes the use of haze.


£17 Under 16s
£4 off 16-26 yrs and/or Students (with a free 16-26 & Student Membership), and Curve Connect
£17 Under 18s School Groups
£17 Groups 10+ (Wed – Fri only)
15% off for Members

*Discounts are subject to availability and may be removed at any time. Only valid on certain performances - terms and conditions apply.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Written and composed by Jordan Li-Smith.
Based on the novel by Lara Williamson.

Hannah Chissick – Director
Steve Kirkham – Choreographer
Lewis Bell – Musical Director
Ben Ferguson – Musical Supervisor / Orchestrator

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