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Main House The National Theatre production

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Adapted by Joel Horwood from the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman
  • 7 - 18 March
  • Booking opens 16 June
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Event Information

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Weds, Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

Tue 7 — Sat 18 Mar

“The National Theatre at its very best” Daily Telegraph

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.

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.

★★★★★ ‘Theatre at its gob-smacking best.’ Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ ‘Hauntingly memorable, this knockout production is theatre at its best.’ Independent

★★★★★ ‘There’s nothing around to beat this thrillingly imaginative show.’ Mail on Sunday

★★★★★ ‘Shows like this don’t come around very often.’ Time Out

Notes to Bookers:

Age Guidance 12+

Please note This production explores adult themes that some people may find distressing or frightening. This includes the non-graphic depiction of the aftermath of a suicide early on and four occurrences where suicide is discussed in the play. There is also infrequent mention of death, a depiction of parental abuse, and one depiction of a death.
If you’d like to find out more before you book, please contact our Box Office at 01225 448844

This production contains the following effects High intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound and blackouts.

Tuesday 7 – Saturday 18 March 2023

Evenings 7.30pm

Matinees Weds, Thurs & Sat 2,30pm

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A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies

Box Office phonelines are currently open from 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2.50 building levy.

Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies to all bookings.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here