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    A magical and menacing thing
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    An enveloping, enthralling theatrical experience
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Tickets

Groundbreaking fantasy becomes stage reality

Discover Neil Gaiman’s darkly enchanting The Ocean at the End of the Lane in the West End. The acclaimed author’s work is brought to dazzling life on stage, taking audiences on an exhilarating journey of nostalgia, memory, and fantasy.

When a man returns to his childhood home in Sussex, he finds himself drawn to an old farmhouse. In the grounds is a pond he used to play beside… but is it a pond, or an ocean? Transported back to a long summer when he was 12 years old, the man remembers his friend, Lettie, and their adventures in a world populated by ancient, destructive forces.

Adapted from Gaiman’s novel by Joel Horwood, The Ocean at the End of the Lane previously ran a limited season at the National Theatre, where it bewitched audiences with its spectacular sets and spellbinding story.

Combining fantasy, horror, and nostalgia, this brand new play is a thrilling exploration into the magical hidden depths of childhood. Get swept up in this incredible story with The Ocean at the End of the Lane tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Performance dates: 13 May 2022 - 14 May 2022

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: Best for age 12+

Special notice: Please note this production contains strobe lighting.

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Latest Audience Reviews

The story itself is a bit confusing and not necessarily my cup of tea, but I loved the creativity... More

ivettcsordas 19 Jan 2022

The story itself is a bit confusing and not necessarily my cup of tea, but I loved the creativity. There were so many wow moments and illusions with distractions that you only get in theatre. Great play!

ivettcsordas 19 Jan 2022

Clever production which delivers a convincing and absorbing version of the story which I thought... More

leepeddie Top 200 reviewer13 Dec 2021

Clever production which delivers a convincing and absorbing version of the story which I thought would have been hard to stage. The two leads are excellent, but the set and puppetry steal the show. I can see why under 12s are banned as I found the hunger birds rather menacing and frightening! The rippling of the “Ocean” was cleverly done and beautiful.

leepeddie Top 200 reviewer13 Dec 2021

The Labyrinth meets the Dark Crystal...if you are a fan of this kind of 80s horror fantasy movies... More

dimitriosk 03 Mar 2022

The Labyrinth meets the Dark Crystal...if you are a fan of this kind of 80s horror fantasy movies you will probably enjoy. Lots of high pitched voices and screaming make the play less appealing but the special effects are amazing and magical!

dimitriosk 03 Mar 2022

Really loved this show! Had no prior knowledge of the story or novel & bought a ticket on a whim... More

louisac6 07 Feb 2022

Really loved this show! Had no prior knowledge of the story or novel & bought a ticket on a whim as a day out activity. Loved the production, the whimsical nature of it all & watching the story unfold. The show had a real child like nature to it, that is perfectly suited for the adult audiences. Definitely would recommend.

louisac6 07 Feb 2022

Absolutely stunning! A very moody, dark, emotional, and gripping performance. The stage crew for... More

emilyc36 04 Feb 2022

Absolutely stunning! A very moody, dark, emotional, and gripping performance. The stage crew for this production is phenomenal. Beautifully designed and curated. Not very kid friendly though. I’d advise 10+ at least.

emilyc36 04 Feb 2022

Entrancing and stunningly performed and set, first class as only the National Theatre can do. It... More

annn5 Top 100 reviewer23 Nov 2021

Entrancing and stunningly performed and set, first class as only the National Theatre can do. It from a child's perspective, but all the better for that. All the audience was on their feet applauding at the end.

annn5 Top 100 reviewer23 Nov 2021
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