About the showThe 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.
Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
23rd Oct 2021
24th Apr 2022
2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Best for age 12+