The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Following a sold out run at the National Theatre, this acclaimed production transfers to the West End next October

“When this opened at the National Theatre in December the Telegraph critic asked “is this the new Curious Incident?” Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 2013 novel, this is a cut above your normal family theatre production and well worth catching on the West End.”


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.

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

Age Recommendation: 12+
Please note: This production contains scenes that some people may find distressing, and strobe lighting.

Critic reviews

Magical and macabre tale is far from usual family fare

Evening Standard (from 2019 NT production)

A dynamic and quirky stage spectacular

The Guardian (from 2019 NT production)

Sensational stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel

Time Out (from 2019 NT production)

It tackles dark and serious subjects through a story that is full of imaginative wonder

WhatsOnStage (from 2019 NT production)

A magical adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel that celebrates what theatre can do

The Stage (from 2019 NT production)

Is this the new Curious Incident?

The Telegraph (from 2019 NT production)

Date & time

Opening 26 Oct
Tue 26 Oct 2021 - Sat 12 Feb 2022
2:30pm & 7:30pm

*Contactless venue: ONLY e-Tickets or print-at-home tickets accepted. All e-Tickets must be able to be scanned on entering the venue (in printed form or on an electronic device).
Temperature checks will be in place.
By purchasing tickets you are agreeing for pertinent information (first&last name, email address, phone no.) to be shared with the venue. You will in turn receive our Covid Secure Statement & general housekeeping emails.
Runtime: 2 hrs 20 mins


St Martin's Lane WC2N 4BG London, UK · Get Directions
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