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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
adapted by Joel Horwood
Recommended for 12+ yrs

Now playing
Running Time: appox. 2 hours and 20 mins, inc. interval

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A modern myth from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman, creator of Good Omens, the epic American GodsCoralineStardust and the Sandman series.

Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 12th birthday, spring half term. When his dad was struggling to make ends meet and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean…

Plunged into a magical world, Alex and Lettie’s survival depends on their ability to reckon with dark, ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

Adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this adventure will excite, unsettle and thrill those brave enough to face its hidden depths.


Recommended for 12yrs+

Tickets for families
Half-price tickets for under-18s on prices above £30

Please note: This production contains strobe lighting.

Talks and events
12-16: Movement and Storytelling in The Ocean at the End of the Lane Sat 7 December, 11am
Childhood Memories: Recall and Imagination Mon 16 Dec, 6pm
Neil Gaiman on The Ocean at the End of the Lane Wed 18 Dec, 5.45pm
Making the Show: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Tue 21 Jan, 2pm
Director Katy Rudd and Adapter Joel Horwood Fri 24 Jan, 6pm
Creating the Puppets for The Ocean at the End of the Lane Sat 25 Jan, 11.30am

The Ocean at the End of the Lane ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£60, £40, £34, £25, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£65, £45, £36, £25, £20 

Half-price tickets for under-18s on all prices above £30

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 10 January, 7.30pm
Sat 11 January, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Thu 2 January, 2pm
Mon 13 January, 7.30pm
Wed 22 January, 7.30pm

Sensory Adapted performance for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance, including technical changes to the production for those with sensory sensitivities.
Sat 18 January, 2pm


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats
for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets
are available for £20 or less.

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Illustration by Nicolas Delort

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