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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.

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. 

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 begins performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre from October 2021 for a limited season.

Access (tel: 0800 912 6971) and Group (tel: 020 7206 1174) rates are available via ATG Tickets. 

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

We may share your data with the venue operator for the purposes of your booking and protecting your health and safety and that of other customers and staff at the venue.

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.

We anticipate by October 2021 that it will be safe to have standard seating without social distancing for The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York's Theatre. In the event that this is not the case, such that the production has to be cancelled, the NT will follow its refund and exchange policy for all tickets purchased via the NT.

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

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

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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Production team

Illustration by Nicolas Delort

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