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With more than 60 five-star reviews, this spectacular and thrilling theatrical event of magic and storytelling is making its way to the magnificent Noël Coward Theatre this autumn. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, the brilliant novel by British author Neil Gaiman, is brought to the stage to delight you. Adapted by Joel Horwood from the 2013 book, the story concerns a nameless man returning to his old hometown for a funeral – where he begins to recall events that overtook his childhood four decades earlier.
Beautifully-explored themes of self identity and the disconnect between childhood and adulthood are richly explored in this unusual story that was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. An unforgettable live experience, the production is packed with drama thanks to high intensity lighting, strobe lights, haze, smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sounds and blackouts. Prepare for ‘unforgettable’ and you won’t be disappointed!
The full tour cast will transfer to London for the West End run. Keir Ogilvy, Charlie Brooks, Daniel Cornish, Trevor Fox, Millie Hikasa, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Laurie Ogden, Finty Williams, Emma-Jane Goodwin, Paolo Guidi, Lewis Howard, Jasmeen James, Joe Rawlinson-Hunt, Risha Silvera, Ronnie Lee, Aimee McGoldrick, and Domonic Ramsden.
The creative team is just as cool, led by Director Katy Rudd. The Set Designer is Fly Davis, the Costume and Puppet Designer is Samuel Wyer and the Movement Director is Steven Hoggett. The Composer is Jherek Bischoff, the Lighting Designer is Paule Constable and the Sound Designer is Ian Dickinson for Autograph. The Magic and Illusions Director and Designer is Jamie Harrison, with Puppetry by Finn Caldwell. The Casting Director is Naomi Downham, and the Associate Director is Sophie Dillon Moniram, the Associate Set Designer and Draftsperson Tim Blazdell and the Associate Movement Director Jess Williams. The Lighting Associate is Rob Casey for Ammonite, the Lighting Associate and LX Programmer is Tom Turner, the Sound Associate is Christopher Reid, the Magic and Illusions Associate is John Bulleid, and the Associate Puppetry Director is Gareth Aled.
What's the plot of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?
Billed as a spectacular and thrilling theatrical event, this tour de force of magic and storytelling takes audiences on an epic journey to a forgotten childhood. When a man finds himself standing next to the pond at the Sussex farmhouse where he used to play he’s whisked back to his 12th birthday, when his friend Lettie claimed the pond wasn’t just a pond, it was actually an ocean. Thrown into a magical world, the children were forced to battle the ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything. No wonder it’s a five star smash hit.
Who is The Ocean at the End of the Lane for?
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is perfect for people aged 12 upwards.
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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane reviews
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- Recommended for:
- Teenagers (84%)
- Theatregoers (88%)
The Ocean At The End of The Lane is an ethereal experience. Joel Horwood beautifully captures Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece and transports it to the stage in a beautifully woven, visually stunning piece of theatre with an emotional and fantastical story.
Latest customer reviews
This theatre experience is definitely for people who like something different
Reviewed on 12 November 2023 by Diane, Radlett, United Kingdom
We had been told it was a great play but this adaptation still surprised us in many ways.Book your tickets whilst it's in the West End, you won't be disappointed.
Reviewed on 10 November 2023 by Thibaud, Ansac Sur Vienne, France
A great show with a few bits that made me jump. It is funny and the acting is excellent.
Reviewed on 05 November 2023 by Doreen, Doncaster, United Kingdom
A great adaptation of the novel. Highly recommend to anyone
Reviewed on 03 November 2023 by John, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 October 2023 by Anthony, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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 Sinead, Naas, Ireland
Immerse yourself, everything is top notch and this show is a memory you will retain!
Reviewed on 01 May 2022 by John, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 May 2022 by Neena, London, United Kingdom
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 Kathryn, Twickenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 April 2022 by Sergey, London, United Kingdom
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 Jason, Asheville, United States Of America
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 Natalie, Slough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 April 2022 by Lisa, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 April 2022 by Carol Anne, Irvine, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 April 2022 by David, London, United Kingdom
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 Gillian, Coulsdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 April 2022 by George, Ongar, United Kingdom
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 Jimmy, Singapore, Singapore
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 Joshua, Cape Town, South Africa
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 Rory, Beckenham, United Kingdom
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 Claire, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 February 2022 by Gavin, Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed on 26 February 2022 by Eliza, Rochester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 February 2022 by Harris, Tampa, United States Of America
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 Elizabeth, London, United Kingdom
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 Paula, Clifden, Ireland
Reviewed on 06 February 2022 by William, Fermoy, Ireland
For those that suffered abnormally in their childhood.
Reviewed on 05 February 2022 by David, Alhampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 January 2022 by Michael, London, United Kingdom
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 Luke, Feltham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 January 2022 by Agnes, London, United Kingdom
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 Jessica, London, United Kingdom
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 Gemma, Richmond, United Kingdom
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 Mark, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 December 2021 by Jason, London, United Kingdom
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 Jane, Asbury, United States Of America
Awesome staging, perfect actors, it made me cry.
Reviewed on 04 December 2021 by Victor, Paris 1er Arrondissement, France
Reviewed on 01 December 2021 by Jacob, Calton, United Kingdom
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 Carola, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 November 2021 by Paula, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 November 2021 by Miles, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 November 2021 by Jolanta, London, United Kingdom
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 Joshua, Brooklyn, United States Of America
October Monthly Roundup
by Emmie Newitt | Thursday, October 26 2023, 14:02
October is wrapping up and the talk of the festive season arriving is upon us so let's round up this month!
Ulster American, The Hills of California and Ocean at the End of the Lane.October Monthly Roundup
The 7 Shows Opening in London Theatres in October 2023
by Emmie Newitt | Monday, September 25 2023, 13:46
October is on its way - the month of pumpkins, Halloween and the crisp colours of Autumn are truly on their way. However, that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the West End and there is so much to look forward to.
Dear England, Treason The Musical and The Time Traveller's Wife The Musical.
As we look ahead to October 2023, there are several exciting shows set to open in the heart of the city. The Ocean At The End of the Lane returns to London after its hugely successful UK tour and there’s even the arrival of new productions like The Time Traveller’s Wife and Backstairs Billy. So whether you’re a fan of musicals or plays, here are the 7 shows you can look forward to experiencing on the London stage from October:
The 7 Shows Opening in London Theatres in October 2023
Critically Acclaimed THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE Returns To London's West End
by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, June 7 2023, 11:22
Following a highly acclaimed tour across the UK and Ireland, the National Theatre's smash-hit production of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE will return to London's West End for a strictly 7-week run this autumn. Based on a best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Joel Horwood and Katy Rudd, this thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, will play at the Noel Coward Theatre from 11 October until 25 November 2023.Critically Acclaimed THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE Returns To London's West End
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
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
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
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
Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE at the Duke of York's Theatre
by Miriam Gibson | Monday, November 8 2021, 08:22
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
The Three Best London Shows of 2019 That You Can Still See in 2020
by Phil Willmott | Friday, December 27 2019, 17:31
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
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.
Samuel Blenkin in The Ocean at the End of the LaneReview: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE at the National Theatre