National Theatre: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

£18.00 - 44.00

Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees 2.30pm
Running time:
2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval
Age: 12+, (full content warning below)
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of CoralineGood 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.

Content warning

Age guidance: 12+ yrs. This production contains the following physical effects; high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound, and blackouts. The production contains moments that some people may find frightening, including references to death. We always recommend individual discretion alongside the age guidance. For more information, click here.

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Theatre at its best

The Daily Telegraph

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thrillingly imaginative

Mail on Sunday

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this knockout production is theatre at its best.


★ ★ ★ ★

uplifting and awe-inspiring

Daily Express

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Opening Night - Young Scots & Student Offer
£10 tickets available to book online in advance for Tue 18 April. Use code YOUNGSCOT10 or STUDENT10. One ticket per booker, must show ID on arrival.

Young Scot/Student Standby £10 standby tickets for all other performances can be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12 noon on day of performance. A valid Student ID, Young Scot ID or Proof of Age is required. Only one ticket per card.

Groups (8+) £4 off Stalls and Dress 
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off (excl Fri & Sat)
Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. 

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 


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Access Performances


  • Thu 20 Apr, 7.30pm

Audio Description

  • Sat 22 Apr, 2.30pm
  • Touch Tour: 2 hours before the performance, 12.30pm
  • Audio Describers: Bridget Stevens & Janette Knibb
BSL Sign Language Interpreted
  • Sat 22 Apr, 2.30pm
  • Interpreter: to be confirmed

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Staging the Unstageable
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Teacher's Workshop

Led by Resident Director Eleri B. Jones, this workshop will introduce practical strategies to explore the different facets of The Ocean at the End of the Lane's rehearsal process with your students. From puppetry techniques to the role of movement, to the illusions and technical elements that support the production's vivid visual storytelling, you will be given an insight into the Director's vision and interpretation of the play to find out how Neil Gaiman's imaginative text was adapted for the stage. 

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