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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane Tickets

Duke of York's Theatre, London
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Duke of York's Theatre, London
The Olivier Award-winning play comes to the West End

Fresh from a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the adaptation Neil Gaiman’s ‘Book of the Year’ winner The Ocean at the End of the Lane is set for a West End run following phenomenal demand. Written by Joel Horwood, the play received rave reviews from the British theatre press when it premiered at the Dorfman Theatre, and audiences will now get another chance to see this breathtakingly spooky production at the Duke of York’s Theatre from October 2021.

Following the National Theatre debut, described as ‘spellbinding’ by critics, The Ocean at the End of the Lane received three Olivier Award nominations: best new play, best lighting design, and best actress in a supporting role.

Gaiman has won the Huge, Nebula and Bran Stoker book awards for his novels, and when The Ocean at the End of the Lane was released, it won was voted Book of the Year at the British National Book Awards.

Adapter Joel Horwood’s previous work in London includes All The Little Things We Crushed at the Almeida Theatre and Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar Warehouse, as well as screen writing credits for Channel 4’s cult series Skins.

The creative team of The Ocean at the End of the Lane includes set designs by Fly Davis, costume and puppet design by Samuel Wyer, lighting by Paule Constable, sound designs by Ian Dickinson, puppetry direction by Finn Caldwell, movement by Steven Hoggett and compositions by Jherek Bischoff.

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The play follows a man returning to his childhood home in Sussex, where he is reminded of the treacherous events that occurred on his 12th birthday. He used to play by the country banks with his friend Lettie, but what she claimed was a pond was, in fact, a vast ocean. Plunged into a mystical and unfamiliar world, their very survival relies on their instinct, abilities and bravery in the face of great destruction.

Previews from |
23rd October 2021
Opening date |
4th November 2021
Booking from |
23rd October 2021
Available until |
12th February 2022
Closes |
12th February 2022
Run time |
2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Categories |
Recommended for 12+ yrs. This production contains scenes that some people may find distressing.
Adapted from the best-selling Neil Gaiman novel by Joel Horwood
Katy Rudd
Paule Constable
Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Fly Davis
Steven Hoggett
Samuel Wyer

Duke of York's Theatre Venue Information

Duke of York's Theatre, 104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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Latest The Ocean At The End Of The Lane News & Features

Neil Gaiman on bringing his novel ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ to the stage
Monday, 19 April, 2021, 10:41
Neil Gaiman is a master of multiple literary forms. The award-winning British author has crafted comic books, novels, television series, movies, audio plays, and more, and his works have been adapted for all mediums, including the theatre.  Neil Gaiman (Photo by Kyle Cassidy) His latest work to hit the stage is The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which premiered at the National Theatre in 2019, and the acclaimed production will transfer to the West End for a run...
Photo credit: The Ocean at the End of the Lane cast at the Dorfman Theatre (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)
West End transfer of The Ocean at the End of the Lane moved to 2021
Thursday, 03 September, 2020, 22:09
The Ocean at the End of the Lane will open in the West End a year later than scheduled. The new play was scheduled to open this fall but will now start performances at the Duke of York's Theatre on 23 October 2021 in a limited run.  Based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and the production is directed by Katy Rudd. The play had its world premiere at the National Theatre...
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Friday, 13 March, 2020, 09:00
Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel is the latest page-to-stage adaptation that’s set to take over London, with tickets now on sale for the play's West End transfer coming to the Duke of York’s later this year. There’s no stone unturned in Joel Horwood’s science-fiction survival play, where magical worlds and fantastical creatures come alive in sleepy, rural England. Here’s why you’ll want to be the first to visit The Ocean at the End of the Lane when the show transfers to the...
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane to transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre
Wednesday, 19 February, 2020, 11:23
After a limited engagement at the Dorfman Theatre, The Ocean at the End of the Lane will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre. Announced as part of the National Theatre’s latest season, Joel Horwood’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel will be performed in the West End from October 2020, with tickets on sale next month. The Ocean at the End of St. Martin’s Lane Based on the 2013 novel of the same name, The Ocean at the End of the Lane follows a man named...
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