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National Theatre

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman

Donald Gordon Theatre

30 May – 3 June 2023




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National Theatre

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman

30 May – 3 June 2023

Donald Gordon Theatre

From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman, comes the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, is a five-star spectacular which blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling that takes audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it.

This is rated out of 5 stars

“Hauntingly memorable, this knockout production is theatre at its best”


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 remarkable friend Lettie claimed it wasn't a pond, but an ocean – a place where everything is possible...

Plunged into a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

This is rated out of 5 stars


Daily Telegraph

Start time:
Tue – Sat 7.30pm
Thu + Sat 2.30pm

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval

Age guidance: 12+

This production contains the following physical effects; high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound, and blackouts. The production contains moments that some people may find frightening, including references to death. We always recommend individual discretion alongside the age guidance.

If you’d like to find out more before you book, please contact our Customer Relations Team via our web chat service.

British Sign Language (BSL) performance: 1st June, 7.30pm. THEATRESIGN Education, Access & Mentoring Ltd provide our BSL services - the interpreter for this performance will be Taz Hockaday.


£10 off on opening night  (top 2 prices). Become a member.


Groups 10+ from £4 off. Applies to top 2 prices Tue – Thu.  Organise a group visit.


£12 — one free teacher's seat with every 10 pupils. Call 029 2063 6464. Available Tue – Thu on selected seats.

Students + U16 Offer

£4 off, Tue – Thu. Applies to selected seats.


£15 tickets, Tue – Thu. Limited availability, applies to selected seats.

All offers subject to selected seats, allocations and availability.

Book as early as you can to secure the best choice of seats. Ticket prices may be adjusted and will reflect the most current price for each performance based on demand. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Open Captioning

BSL Interpreted

Audio Described

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