Ocean At The End of the Lane - Noel Coward Theatre

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Tickets

Noel Coward Theatre, London
Booking to 25 November 2023
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The National Theatre’s sell-out production of Neil Gaiman’s classic

Nominated for three 2020 Olivier Awards including Best New Play, the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane returns to London’s West End this Autumn.

Hailed by the Independent as ‘theatre at its best’ with Time Out declaring ‘shows like this don’t come along very often’, this five-star show plays a strictly limited seven-week season at the Noel Coward Theatre from 11 October 2023.

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.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Noel Coward Theatre, London will run from 11 October to 25 November 2023.

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What's the story of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

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.

Who is in the cast of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

Charlie Brooks (Ursula), Daniel Cornish (alternate Boy), Trevor Fox (Dad), Emma-Jane Goodwin (understudy), Paolo Guidi (ensemble), Millie Hikasa (Lettie Hempstock), Lewis Howard (understudy), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Ginnie Hempstock), Jasmeen James (understudy), Ronnie Lee (ensemble), Aimee McGoldrick (ensemble), Laurie Ogden (Sis), Keir Ogilvy (Boy), Domonic Ramsden (ensemble), Joe Rawlinson-Hunt (understudy), Risha Silvera (understudy) and Finty Williams (Old Mrs Hempstock)

Who are the creative team of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

Adapted by Joel Horwood, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Katy Rudd, with set design by Fly Davis, costume and puppet design by Samuel Wyer, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Ian Dickinson, magic and illusions direction and design by Jamie Harrison and puppetry direction by Finn Caldwell. Movement direction is by Steven Hoggett, and music composition is by Jherek Bischoff.


Reviews of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

★★★★★ "Truly spectacular" - Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ "The National at its very best. Spellbinding" - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ "A thunderous, sometimes terrifying adaptation" - Independent
★★★★★ "The National Theatre’s adaptation is even better in the West End" - Time Out
★★★★ "Makes you marvel at what theatre can do" - The Stage
★★★★ "Monster-powered adrenalin spectacular" - The Guardian
★★★★ "Magic in the West End" - Evening Standard

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 25 November 2023
Age restrictions
Recommended for 12+ years
Running time
2 hours and 35 mins (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

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Note: This production contains strobe lighting. This production contains scenes that some people may find distressing.


Venue Information

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AA
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176
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Official London Theatre tickets for  The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Noel Coward Theatre, London

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News about The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane to run at the Noel Coward Theatre
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the National Theatre's stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel will return to London's West End this Autumn. Hailed by the Independent as ‘theatre at its best’ with Time Out declaring ‘shows like this don’t come along very often’, the five-star show will play a strictly limited seven-week season at the Noel Coward Theatre from 11 October to 25 November 2023. The show previously ran at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2022 and is currently mid-way through an extensive UK & Ireland tour. Casting for the run at the Noel Coward Theatre will include the UK tour cast composed of Charlie Brooks (Ursula), Daniel Cornish (alternate Boy), Trevor Fox (Dad), Emma-Jane Goodwin (understudy), Paolo Guidi (ensemble), Millie Hikasa (Lettie Hempstock), Lewis Howard (understudy), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Ginnie Hempstock), Jasmeen James (understudy), Ronnie Lee (ensemble), Aimee McGoldrick (ensemble), Laurie Ogden (Sis), Keir Ogilvy (Boy), Domonic Ramsden (ensemble), Joe Rawlinson-Hunt (understudy), Risha Silvera (understudy) and Finty Williams (Old Mrs Hempstock). The first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work, this fantasy novel is a modern myth, where the power of imagination and storytelling transports audiences on a spellbinding and spectacular adventure. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (c) Manuel Harlan Gaiman’s magical world and the much-loved characters that inhabit it are ‘brought to thrilling life' (The Times) on stage in a spectacular, tour de force of imagination and storytelling by an award winning creative team helmed by director Katy Rudd. Adapted for the stage by Joel Harwood, the production features stunning set design by Fly Davis, costume and puppet design by Samuel Wyer, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Ian Dickinson, magic and illusions direction and design by Jamie Harrison and puppetry direction by Finn Caldwell. Movement direction is by Steven Hoggett, and composition is by Jherek Bischoff. The Ocean at the End of the Lane tickets go on sale 7 June 2023.

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