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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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4.7/5 - based on 51 reviews
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About The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane description

‘The National Theatre’s thrilling adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel triumphs in the West End’ (Evening Standard). Director Katy Rudd’s ‘knockout production’ (Independent) has opened to five-star reviews at the Duke of York’s Theatre, don’t miss this theatrical tour de force of imagination and storytelling.

Returning to his childhood home, a man finds himself standing beside the pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 12th birthday when his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean… Plunged into a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 51 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
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Recommended for:

Anyone (67%)
Families (76%)
Teenagers (86%)
Couples (80%)
Theatregoers (86%)
Latest customer reviews
Sinead
Best show I've ever been to

This has everything, a wonderful story, adapted perfectly for the theatre. Captivating actors, incredible direction and absolutely captivating from start to end.

Reviewed on 15 May 2022 by , Naas, Ireland

John
Must take a dip in the ocean before it disappears

Immerse yourself, everything is top notch and this show is a memory you will retain!

Reviewed on 01 May 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Neena
Great show!

Reviewed on 01 May 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Kathryn

Mind blowing. I cried for the last twenty minutes. Honestly one of the most impactful shows I’ve ever seen. As a set designer I can only applaud the entire production team for what was a total masterpiece. The actors were so believable I lost track and sense of time.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

Sergey
Incredible evening of theatre!

Reviewed on 20 April 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Jason
Beautiful and dreamlike

The first act seemed a little long but the payoff in the second act made it well worth it. The choreography, sets and direction created an immersive world and told a new fairy tale. It was beautifully acted and performed. The ensemble deserved a standing ovation for their role in creating the magic the show evokes.

Reviewed on 17 April 2022 by , Asheville, United States Of America

Natalie
Gripping story, brilliant acting, fantastic special effects!

Story was Gripping with a good moral to it. Brilliant acting on the part of everyone. Fantastic special effects and stage crew. Excellent music too.

Reviewed on 13 April 2022 by , Slough, United Kingdom

Lisa
Amazing! Must see show.

Reviewed on 10 April 2022 by , Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Carol Anne
Good show

Reviewed on 09 April 2022 by , Irvine, United Kingdom

David
An inspired evening

Reviewed on 07 April 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Gillian
Don't bother

Very strange storyline that I thought was very far fetched and stupid. Very disappointed with the set particularly given how much we paid for our tickets. Drinks at the theatre are very overpriced.

Reviewed on 02 April 2022 by , Coulsdon, United Kingdom

George
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Reviewed on 02 April 2022 by , Ongar, United Kingdom

Jimmy
A tour de force of the Imagination

I was wondering how the book would be adapted and was very pleasantly surprised by the inventive use of the crew as multitasking ensemble. Also the creative use of puppetry and rippling swathes of fabric as the ocean waves. A sight to behold. Magic on stage indeed!

Reviewed on 01 April 2022 by , Singapore, Singapore

Joshua
Immersive and gripping, a fantastic show!

This was my first London theatre show and it was amazing! Brilliant sound-FX all the way through, acting that constantly keeps your attention and a great story! Would definitely recommend for casual and avid theatre goers.

Reviewed on 17 March 2022 by , Cape Town, South Africa

Rory

From the opening first chord to the final curtain call this was truly a magical performance Excellent acting and wonderfully inventive set design Beautiful story

Reviewed on 12 March 2022 by , Beckenham, United Kingdom

Claire
Dark, scary, brilliant

Brilliant show. Suggested for over 12s but my 9 year old who loves all dark and scary things loved it. Quite surreal story, reminded me of Stranger Things but more original.

Reviewed on 06 March 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Gavin
A must see play

Reviewed on 26 February 2022 by , Dublin, Ireland

Eliza
Good stuff

Reviewed on 26 February 2022 by , Rochester, United Kingdom

Harris
Strong story well told

Reviewed on 22 February 2022 by , Tampa, United States Of America

Elizabeth
Imaginative interpretation of Gaiman’s book

Simple props used with imagination , lighting and music used to great effect to create a fantastic atmosphere and the puppets are a wonder . Very different and superior to the usual West End fare. A success in all areas.

Reviewed on 11 February 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Paula
A must see for anyone who loves the Theatre

Absolutely amazing, we laughed, we cried and felt emotionally invested in all the characters, were literally on the edge of our seats glued to the story unfolding. A fantastic show to introduce my daughter to the theatre experience

Reviewed on 08 February 2022 by , Clifden, Ireland

William
Fantastic show.

Reviewed on 06 February 2022 by , Fermoy, Ireland

David
Troubled

For those that suffered abnormally in their childhood.

Reviewed on 05 February 2022 by , Alhampton, United Kingdom

Michael
Fantastic interpretation of a magnificent book

Reviewed on 29 January 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Luke
Amazing experience

Excellent show, we loved every second. The actors were brilliant. Everyone involved in this production should be proud of the job they have done.

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by , Feltham, United Kingdom

Agnes
Fantastic, creative and imaginative story, directing and acting!

Reviewed on 20 January 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Jessica
very enjoyable visual treat

It's a real achievement to make an unlikely fantasy story about a pond into such an engaging spectacle. Great visual effects.

Reviewed on 15 January 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Gemma
a celebration of the art of imagination

I loved the show due to the creative set design and amazing puppetry used. Their horror aspects were very enjoyable and kept you on edge. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys something a bit more abstract, and overall a great experience.

Reviewed on 08 January 2022 by , Richmond, United Kingdom

Mark
Utterly enthralling

Best representation of a great fictional work since Philip Pullman's Dark Materials was put on at the National Theatre

Reviewed on 19 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Jason
Enjoyable

Reviewed on 14 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Jane
A thought/provoking, visually stunning, and heartfelt adventure

What the genre of magical realism should be. The acting, the movement, the puppetry—all were outstanding and had surprises. Would definitely see it again. Not recommended for young children.

Reviewed on 12 December 2021 by , Asbury, United States Of America

Victor
Dazzling, moving fairy tale

Awesome staging, perfect actors, it made me cry.

Reviewed on 04 December 2021 by , Paris 1er Arrondissement, France

Jacob
Fantastic experience… I visual spectacle

BLOWN AWAY!

Reviewed on 01 December 2021 by , Calton, United Kingdom

Carola
A journey to a dreamland

I am stunned. A wonderful story, great actors,amazing lighting/costumes/effects. I wished I could have stayed in this world.

Reviewed on 30 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Paula
Neil Gaiman classic

Reviewed on 30 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Miles
Fantastical, clever set design combined with heartfelt performances

Reviewed on 29 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Jolanta
Amazing production

Reviewed on 23 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Joshua
Great special effects, drama and pacing.

Loved the staging and special effects—true theater magic. Looked like movie magic. Captivating. Great story telling and pacing. Great and unusual puppets. I loved the show and was captivated. Glad they incorporated stage crew well.

Reviewed on 18 November 2021 by , Brooklyn, United States Of America

12 Nov
2021
London Box Office

This Week in the West End: Book of Mormon, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and more

by London Box Office | Friday, November 12 2021, 17:34

The Book of Mormon - London Isn't it great to see the West End opening back up? This week we've seen a flurry of shows extending, Matilda, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables to name just three. We also have exciting new shows opening, a number of extensions, thrilling opening nights, and a couple of hot theatreland rumours we hope will come true. Read on for this week's West End round-up, and come back next week for the reopening of some great comedies.

This Week in the West End: Book of Mormon, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and more
08 Nov
2021
Stuart King

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

by Stuart King | Monday, November 8 2021, 09:47

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.

Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE at the Duke of York's Theatre
07 Nov
2021
Miriam Gibson

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

by Miriam Gibson | Sunday, November 7 2021, 09:21

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Memory, family, reality, storytelling, grief, magic, language- there's plenty of themes in Joel Horwood's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2013 novel. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane opens at Duke of York's Theatre after its 2019 debut at the National.

Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE at the Duke of York's Theatre
27 Dec
2019
Phil Willmott

The Three Best London Shows of 2019 That You Can Still See in 2020

by Phil Willmott | Friday, December 27 2019, 17:31

Top London Shows in 2020 Fortunately three of last year’s top productions are currently still running in London so grab the last few tickets to celebrate the new year.

The Three Best London Shows of 2019 That You Can Still See in 2020
17 Dec
2019
Phil Willmott

Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE at the National Theatre

by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, December 17 2019, 22:29

It’s rare that a production is so magical that I forget I'm sitting in a theatre, forget I'm there to analyse and assess it, and get completely swept up in the story.

That happened in the first half of this stage adaptation of the popular novel by Neil Gaiman, the current fantasy author of choice, as adapted by Joel Horwood.

The Ocean at the End of the LaneSamuel Blenkin in The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE at the National Theatre