"A magical and menacing thing"
-The Independent-

"Enthrals all generations without patronising any"
-The Guardian-

"An enveloping, enthralling theatrical experience"
-The Evening Standard-

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Tickets

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About the show

The National Theatre’s mesmerising adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre this year, inviting audiences into Neil Gaiman’s compelling and magical world of childhood.

In rural Sussex, a man returns to an old farmhouse he used to play beside, and the duck pond resting in the grounds. When he was 12 years old, his friend Lettie told him it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean.

Transporting audiences back to a summer of childhood adventures, The Ocean at the End of the Lane recalls the daring journeys and magical friendships the children embarked upon – and the dark forces that threatened to destroy their peaceful haven.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the acclaimed novel from fantasy author Neil Gaiman, whose other work includes Coraline and Stardust. It has been adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood, with direction by Katy Rudd (Groundhog Day), set design by Fly Davis, costumes and puppets by Samuel Wyver, and magic and illusions by Jamie Harrison.

Casting for The Ocean at the End of the Lane in the West End is to be announced.

This darkly spellbinding play drew in five-star reviews at the National Theatre and is sure to enchant audiences when it returns this Autumn. Catch The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 26 October 2021.

Who Should See It?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a spectacular theatrical treat which will appeal to anyone wanting to be completely transported into a fantastical story. Although not suitable for younger children, this thrilling adventure is perfect for teenagers.

Please note this production contains strobe lighting.

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Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

23rd Oct 2021

25th Jan 2022

14th May 2022

Running time

2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)


Best for age 12+