The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

4.6 (5) · Family Theatre

Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman adapted by Joel Horwood


A modern myth from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman, creator of Good Omens, the epic American Gods, Coraline, Stardust and the Sandman series.

Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 11th birthday, spring half term. When his dad was struggling to make ends meet and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean…

Plunged into a magical world, Alex and Lettie’s survival depends on their ability to reckon with dark, ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

Adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this adventure will excite, unsettle and thrill those brave enough to face its hidden depths.

Recommended for 12yrs+

Critic reviews

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

The Stage

One of the most satisfying Christmas shows the National has created for a long time


Terrifying, magical coming of age story

The Arts Desk

Neil Gaiman adaptation is all action

The Guardian

Sensational stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel about a man recalling a summer where he battled creatures from outside reality

Time Out

Is this the new Curious Incident?

The Telegraph

This production shows theatre at its finest and pushes the boundaries of the medium

The Upcoming

It's told with great theatrical flair and few genuine scares


This reviewer never engaged with the story

Broadway World

I feel like a giant child


Spectacular illusions blend with superb storytelling in this scary, magical drama

Financial Times

Memory and imagination, inner and outer worlds merge

The Observer

On a set bordered by gnarled briars, terrors and wonders otherworldly and intimate materialise

The Sunday Times

Kathy Rudd’s staging of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book brilliantly interrogates the ever-thinning separation between reality and the imagination

A Younger Theatre

It brings the inside of Gaiman’s head to life

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 3 Dec - Sat 25 Jan, 2pm & 7.30pm


South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
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