‘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.
‘British theatre at its gob-smacking best’ - ★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
‘Even better in the West End. Bigger, stranger, sadder and more beautiful. Shows like this don’t come along very often’ - ★★★★★ Time Out
The Ocean at the End of the Lane reviews
Such a mesmerising performance by all involved resulting in a magical evening. Outstanding.
Very good sets and special effects. Not a lover of magical realism, but found it very watchable.
This production was a feast for the soul, the eyes and heart.
Fantastic theatricality , great acting and a cracking plot make for a superb experience!
Utterly amazing experience, stunning and impressive stage scenery and props, flawless cast performances and gripping storytelling. I was left breathless! A must see!!!!
Very well written story - deep, complex, timelessly philosophical, yet also contemporary (and funny). All creative elements melded together perfectly to take us on a worthwhile journey that achieved the best of theater - magically transforming space. A rarity indeed. - The Biggest Critic
Superb! Amazing staging! Congrats to you all!!
Amazing and clever set, created the perfect atmosphere. Wonderful acting by whole cast, tense and gripping at times, humour and laughter at others. Can't recommend it highly enough. So much to talk about afterwards.
This show was really enjoyable visually. Some of the effects were brilliant and these made the show highly entertaining. The narrative was a bit jumbled and confusing (though lack of coherence didn’t spoil it). I guess it added to the mystery. Some of the acting was pitchy and shrill and characterisation along with story was sketchy in parts.
For access bookings, please contact the Box Office on 0800 912 6971.
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London
No refunds or exchanges after booking.
The appearance of any member of the cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt, please check with the Box Office before booking.
Running Time:2 hours 35 minutes including interval
Good To Know
This production contains themes that some people may find distressing. It also contains strobe lighting.
How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher attached. Please show your voucher on your phone, or print this ticket, to gain entry to the event. The voucher will be checked and/or scanned upon entry.
Seat Selection Info
As a reassurance measure, the venue have requested that all customers kindly bring evidence of a negative covid test result using a NHS lateral flow or PCR COVID test that has been taken within 48 hours of the show time or proof of FULL Vaccination (first and second dose) . This applies to all guests over the age of 18 years and includes fully vaccinated guests.
Please arrive 60-90 minutes prior to the event start time to aid with the safe movement of customers around the venue.
Suitable For Children
Recommended for 12yrs+
No under 5’s to be admitted. The venue has no babes in arms policy
Where Do I Go
St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4BG