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.
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.