The Ocean at the End of the Lane

About This Show

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

This five-star spectacular from the producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, taking 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…

A genuine rarity – a show that enthrals all generations


An enveloping, enthralling theatrical experience


Theatre at its best


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 the following physical effects; high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound, and blackouts. The production contains moments that some people may find frightening, including references to death. We always recommend individual discretion alongside the age guidance. For more information, click here.

Ocean at the End of the Lane UK Tour

Show Details

Dates: First Preview: 29 August 2023 Final Performance: 02 September 2023

WhatsOnStage Review

| | 21 December 2022


Charlie Brooks Ursula in Woking/Leicester/Plymouth/Sunderland/Bath/Belfast/Dublin/Bradford/Wimbledon/Edinburgh/Liverpool/Sheffield/Birmingham/Cardiff/Stoke-on-Trent and now full tour
Daniel Cornish alternate Boy
Paolo Guidi Ensemble
Millie Hikasa Lettie Hempstock
Lewis Howard understudy
Kemi-Bo Jacobs Ginnie Hempstock
Jasmeen James understudy
Ronnie Lee Ensemble
Risha Silvera understudy
Finty Williams Old Mrs Hempstock