The Ocean at the End of the Lane to return to the West End this autumn

This National Theatre stage production of the novel by Neil Gaiman is currently touring the UK and Ireland prior to its third London revival.

Bea Maynard
Bea Maynard

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane will return to the West End for a limited seven-week run this autumn.

Following a successful U.K. and Ireland tour, the production will play at the Noël Coward Theatre from 11 October until 25 November.

"I am thrilled, overjoyed and absolutely delighted that this glorious adaptation of my book is going to be returning to the West End on St. Martin's Lane," Neil Gaiman said in a statement, "It makes audiences laugh and cry and wonder. If you wanted to see it, now is your chance."

Based on Gaiman's novel of the same name, The Ocean at the End of the Lane follows a man plunged into a magical world after returning to his childhood home. As he explores this otherworldly habitat, he learns that not all is as it first seems, and a darkness is slowly creeping in.

The stage production made its world premiere at the National Theatre in 2019. It then made its West End debut at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2021.

A four-star review of the West End iteration reads, "This piece is magical in every sense: in the way that Gaiman delves into other worlds and locates the enchantments in our own, as well as the transformational power of theatre, on full display in Katy Rudd's spectacular production."

This year marks 10 years since The Ocean at the End of the Lane was first published. Since then, it's sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and won Book of the Year at 2013 National Book Awards.

The full cast from the tour will transfer with the show into London's West End. They include Charlie Brooks as Ursula, Trevor Fox as Dad, Millie Hikasa as Lettie Hempstock, Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Ginnie Hempstock, Laurie Ogden as Sis, Keir Ogilvy as Boy, Daniel Cornish as the alternate Boy, and Finty Williams as Old Mrs Hempstock.

Paolo Guidi, Ronnie Lee, Aimee McGoldrick, Domonic Ramsden complete the ensemble, and Emma-Jane Goodwin, Lewis Howard, Jasmeen James, Joe Rawlinson-Hunt, and Risha Silvera are understudies.

The creative team, led by director Katy Rudd, includes set designer Fly Davis, costume and puppet designer Samuel Wyer, movement director Steven Hoggett, composer Jherek Bischoff, lighting designer Paule Constable, sound designer Ian Dickinson, magic and illusions director and designer Jamie Harrison, and puppetry director Finn Caldwell.

Neil Gaiman is a highly acclaimed graphic novelist, whose work includes Coraline, Stardust, and The Graveyard Book.

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Photo credit: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. (Photo courtesy of production)

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