The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Duke of York's Theatre, London
Booking to 14 May 2022
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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 transfers to the West End this October.

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 tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London are available to book for performances up to 14 May 2022.

What is the The Ocean at the End of the Lane about?

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 Ocean at the End of the Lane London cast?

The cast for The Ocean at the End of the Lane features James Bamford, Nia Towle, Siubhan Harrison, Penny Layden, Grace Hogg-Robinson, Laura Rogers, Nicolas Tennant, Ruby Ablett, Emma Bown, Charlie Cameron, Jeff D’Sangalang, Kieran Garland, Miranda Heath, Tom Mackley, Charleen Qwaye, and Peter Twose.

Creative team

Adapted from the Neil Gaiman novel by Joel Horwood. Directed by Katy Rudd with scenic design by Fly Davis, costume design by Samuel Wyer, lighting by Paule Constable and sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.


Reviews of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 14 May 2022
Age restrictions
Recommended for 12+ years
Running time
2 hours and 35 mins (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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


Venue Information

Duke of York's Theatre, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the National Theatre's stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel is to embark on a major UK and Ireland tour later this year. 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 play completes its West End run at the Duke of York's Theatre this week on 14 May 2022. The 10-month tour will open at The Lowry in Salford on 12 December 2022 and complete its run at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on 30 September 2023. Full tour dates listed below. 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. Gaiman commented: "The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about memory, magic, family. It's about who you were and who you are. It's not like anything else I've ever been involved in. It's not like anything else you'll ever see at the theatre. The Ocean at the End of the Lane has its own theatrical magic. It's why happy people tell you that they cried while watching it, it's why it becomes a dreamlike experience in memory, it gets bigger the further inside you follow it. Like a duck pond that contains an ocean that holds the universe…" 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 is booking till 14 May 2022 at the Duke of York's Theatre, London. UK & Ireland tour dates for The Ocean at the End of The Lane The Lowry, Salford (12 December 2022 to 7 January 2023) New Victoria Theatre, Woking (24 to 28 January), Leicester Curve (31 January to 11 February) Theatre Royal Plymouth (14 to 25 February) Sunderland Empire (28 February to 4 March) Theatre Royal Bath (7 to 18 March) Grand Opera House, Belfast (21 to 25 March) Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (28 March to 1 April) The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (4 to 8 April) New Wimbledon Theatre (11 to 15 April) Edinburgh Festival Theatre (18 to 22 April) Liverpool Empire (2 to 6 May) Sheffield Lyceum Theatre (9 to 20 May) The Alexandra, Birmingham (23 to 27 May) Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (30 May to 3 June) Nottingham Theatre Royal (6 to 17 June) New Theatre, Oxford (20 to 24 June) Milton Keynes Theatre (27 June to 1 July) Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (4 to 8 July) Newcastle Theatre Royal (11 to 22 July) Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (25 to 29 July) Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (8 to 12 August) Bristol Hippodrome (15 to 19 August) His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen (22 to 26 August) King's Theatre, Glasgow (29 August to 2 September) Norwich Theatre Royal (5 to 9 September) Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (12 to 16 September) Hall for Cornwall, Truro (19 to 23 September) Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (26 to 30 September)
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Reviews round-up ★★★★
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the National Theatre's stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel has opened to stunning reviews at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. Tickets for The Ocean at the End of the Lane are now booking to May 2022. Hailed by the Independent as ‘theatre at its best’ and Time Out declares ‘shows like this don’t come along very often’, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of the must-see shows in London's West End. 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 cast features James Bamford, Nia Towle, Penny Layden, Charleen Qwaye, Charlie Cameron, Emma Bown, Grace Hogg-Robinson, Kieran Garland, Laura Rogers, Miranda Heath, Nicolas Tennant, Peter Twose, Ruby Ablett, Siubhan Harrison, Tom Mackley, Jeff D'Sangalang. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is booking to May 2022 at the Duke of York's Theatre, London.

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