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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
adapted by Joel Horwood

From October 2021
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 20 mins, including interval

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

‘The National at its very best. Spellbinding’
Daily Telegraph

Following a sold out run at the National Theatre, the acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane transfers to the West End from October 2021.

Returning to his childhood home, a man finds himself standing beside the pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 12th birthday when his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean…

Plunged into a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

Adapted from the best-selling Neil Gaiman novel by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this spectacular and thrilling adventure is a tour de force of imagination and storytelling.

Performances take place at:
Duke of York’s Theatre
104 St Martin's Lane

Recommended for 12+ yrs. This production contains scenes that some people may find distressing. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.

Please note this production contains strobe lighting.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane will now begin performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre from October 2021 for a limited season.

Priority booking begins from 9 October 2020 with public booking opening on 19 October 2020.

Booking for new performance dates is as follows:

Friday 9 October at 12 noon: Current The Ocean at the End... ticket holders + NT Supporting Cast
Monday 12 October at 12 noon: NT Priority Members
Wednesday 14 October at 12 noon: NT Advance Members
Thursday 15 October at 12 noon: AMEX Pre-Sale
Monday 19 October at 12 noon: Public On Sale


Three Olivier Awards nominations for original National Theatre run.

olivier award nominations for ocean: Best New Play, Best Lighting Design, Best Actress in a Supporting Role

West End casting is to be announced.

5 star rating

Truly spectacular

Mail on Sunday
5 star rating

The National at its very best. Spellbinding

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Entrancing, uplifting and wonderfully funny

4 star rating

Out of this world

Daily Mail
4 star rating

A dazzling achievement that sees the NT go toe-to-toe with the fantasy world created on film and TV and come out on top

Time Out
4 star rating

Monster-powered adrenalin spectacular

4 star rating

Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel is brought to thrilling life.

The Times
4 star rating

Makes you marvel at what theatre can do

The Stage

Production team

Illustration by Nicolas Delort

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