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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
adapted by Joel Horwood

23 October 2021 to 14 May 2022
Running Time: 2 hours and 35 mins, including interval

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

‘Shows like this don’t come along very often’
Time Out

‘Theatre at its gob-smacking best’​
Daily Telegraph

The acclaimed production from the National Theatre is now playing in the West End until May 2022.

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

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. 

Age guidance: 12+ yrs. This production contains some adult themes that some people may find distressing, including a depiction of suicide and scenes discussing suicide. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.

The production contains the following effects; high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound, blackouts and some scenes that people may find frightening. For more information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.

For more information on trigger warnings please visit the Show suitability section in our Help Centre.


Access performances

BSL (British Sign Language) interpreted performance on Saturday 9 April 2022, at 2.30pm

For Access tickets bookings, including for BSL performances, please call ATG Tickets on 0800 912 6971

If you have any questions regarding Access at the Duke of York's Theatre, contact their Access champion


Group rates are available via ATG Tickets on 020 7206 1174


Ticket prices include a £1.75 Ambassador Theatre Group restoration levy.

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The venue will be operating in accordance with any government guidelines on COVID safety measures in place at the time of the production. Click here for current guidelines.
Information about safety measures and requirements may be sent to ticket holders ahead of any performance.

Please review the current admissions policy for the Duke of York's Theatre, which is managed by ATG.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is generously supported by Mark Pigott KBE 

National Theatre's Preferred Card Partner    


5 star rating

This knockout production is theatre at its best

5 star rating

Young and old alike will be entranced

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

An enveloping, enthralling theatrical experience

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Sublimely beautiful

Time Out
4 star rating

A genuine rarity – a show that enthrals all generations’

4 star rating

touchingly told and lavishly designed

The Stage

West End: The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Official Trailer

Watch the Official Trailer for the theatre production of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Photo of Ruby Ablett
Understudy Sis/ Policewoman/ Ensemble
Ruby Ablett
Emma Bown
Understudy Old Mrs Hempstock/ Ursula/ Police Officer
Emma Bown
Photo portrait of Charlie Cameron
Ensemble/ Understudy Sis/ Lettie Hempstock
Charlie Cameron
Photo portrait of Jeff D'Sangalang
Lodger/ Ensemble/ Understudy Boy
Jeff D'Sangalang
Policeman/ Understudy Dad/ Lodger/ Ensemble
Kieran Garland
Siubhan Harrison
Ginnie Hempstock
Siubhan Harrison
Photo of Miranda Heath
Understudy Ginnie Hempstock/ Ursula/ Old Mrs Hempstock/ Ensemble
Miranda Heath
Photo portrait of Grace Hogg-Robinson
Sis/ Understudy Lettie Hempstock
Grace Hogg-Robinson
Penny Layden
Old Mrs Hempstock
Penny Layden
Photo portrait of Tom Mackley
Alternate Boy
Tom Mackley
Photo portrait of Charleen Qwaye
Policewoman/ Ensemble/ Understudy Ginnie Hempstock
Charleen Qwaye
Photo portrait of Laura Rogers
Ursula/ Skarthach
Laura Rogers
Photo portrait of Nia Towle
Lettie Hempstock
Nia Towle
Photo portrait of Peter Twose
Peter Twose

Production team

Illustration by Nicolas Delort

Photos of West End cast by Manuel Harlan 

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