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The Ocean at the End of the Lane on Tour

based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
adapted by Joel Horwood

Begins December 2022
Running Time: 2 hours and 35 mins, including interval

UK & Ireland Tour

The Ocean at the End of the Lane on Tour

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

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

From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman, comes the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. 

This thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, is a five-star spectacular which blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling that takes audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it.

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 remarkable friend Lettie claimed it wasn't a pond, but an ocean – a place where everything is possible...

Plunged into a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them. 

Tour schedule:

The Lowry, Salford
12 December 2022 – 8 January 2023
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New Victoria Theatre, Woking
24 – 28 January 2023
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Leicester Curve
31 January – 11 February 2023
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Theatre Royal Plymouth
14 – 25 February 2023
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Sunderland Empire
28 February – 4 March 2023
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Theatre Royal Bath
7 – 18 March 2023
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Grand Opera House, Belfast
21 – 25 March 2023
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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
28 March – 1 April 2023
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The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
4 – 8 April 2023
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New Wimbledon Theatre
11 – 15 April 2023
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Edinburgh Festival Theatre
18 – 22 April 2023
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Liverpool Empire
2 – 6 May 2023
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Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
9 – 20 May 2023
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The Alexandra, Birmingham
23 – 27 May 2023
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Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
30 May – 3 June 2023
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Nottingham Theatre Royal
6 – 17 June 2023
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New Theatre Oxford
20 – 24 June 2023
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Milton Keynes Theatre
27 June – 1 July 2023
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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
4 – 8 July 2023
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Newcastle Theatre Royal
11 – 22 July 2023
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Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
25 – 29 July 2023
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Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
8 – 12 August 2023
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Bristol Hippodrome
15 – 19 August 2023
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His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
22 Aug – 26 Aug 2023
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King’s Theatre, Glasgow
29 Aug – 2 Sept 2023
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Norwich Theatre Royal
5 – 9 September 2023
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Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
12 – 16 September 2023
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Hall for Cornwall, Truro
19 – 23 September 2023
Public On Sale 30 August 2022

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
26 – 30 September 2023
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Age guidance: 12+ yrs. This production explores adult themes that some people may find distressing or frightening. This includes the non-graphic depiction of the aftermath of a suicide early on and 4 occurrences where suicide is discussed in the play. There is also infrequent mention of death, a depiction of parental abuse, and one depiction of a death. 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.

Access Performances for The Ocean at the End of the Lane on tour

Assisted Performances 
The National Theatre is committed to making its productions accessible to all. This commitment includes providing assisted performances. The following performances of 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane are scheduled across the tour:

Audio Described Performances
Touch Tours
Signed Performances
Captioned Performances
Relaxed Performances
Sensory Adapted Performances

For further details about each venue and dates and timings for each type of assisted performance, please visit your nearest venue website. 


Casting to be announced

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Illustration by Nicolas Delort

Photos of West End cast by Manuel Harlan