Stuart King

Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE at the Duke of York's Theatre

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman's magical tale of a boy transported back to his 12 year old self has landed at the Duke of York's Theatre for a West End run following-on from its huge success at The National.

It's difficult to do justice to the impressive multi-layered talents deployed in bringing this show to life. The performances, design and puppetry combine to envelop the entire theatre in a compelling mysticism which captivates anyone fortunate enough to see the production.

Standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play as a child, a man regresses back to his 12 year old self and we journey with him and his friend Lettie into a magical parallel world where their very survival depends on her capability to tackle an evil, ancient adversary which threatens to cross over into the real world.

James Bamford (Boy), Nicolas Tennant (Dad), Penny Layden (Old Mrs Hempstock), Grace Hogg-Robinson (Sis), Laura Rogers (Ursula), Nia Towle (Lettie Hempstock) and Siubhan Harrison (Ginnie Hempstock), are the onstage actors who bring the adventure to life, ably supported by the magical onstage puppetry of a brilliant troupe.

The production has been extended to 14th May, so grab a ticket whilst you still can.