The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Evenings, 7.30pm 

Matinees: Wed, Thurs & Sat 2:30pm

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval

Age Guidance: 12+, Parental discretion advised, full content warning below.

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

From £19.50

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends Discount

20% off
excluding Fri & Sat

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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

Contains strobe lighting, smoke and haze effects, pyrotechnics, and loud sounds. Contains themes of Death and Suicide, Domestic Violence, and Loss. For more information, click here.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Theatre at its best

The Daily Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

There's nothing around to beat this thrillingly imaginative show.

Mail on Sunday

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Hauntingly memorable, this knockout production is theatre at its best.


★ ★ ★ ★

An uplifting and awe-inspiring experience for adults young and old.

Daily Express



  • Tue 18 Apr 2023 7:30 PM
  • Wed 19 Apr 2023 2:30 PM
  • Wed 19 Apr 2023 7:30 PM
  • Thu 20 Apr 2023 2:30 PM
  • Thu 20 Apr 2023 7:30 PM CAP


    For D/deaf and hard-of-hearing, captioning converts the spoken word into text which is displayed on an electronic caption unit – either near or on-stage or via a hand-held device.

  • Fri 21 Apr 2023 7:30 PM
  • Sat 22 Apr 2023 2:30 PM AD

    Audio Description Available

    An additional audio track for audiences with sight loss, explaining what’s happening on screen or on stage during gaps in the dialogue and sound effects.


    British Sign Language

    For patrons using sign language, this service usually involves one interpreter standing on or in front of the stage to sign the dialogue.


    Touch Tour Available

    For audiences with sight loss, an opportunity to explore the performance space and handle selected props, costumes and furniture before the event starts.

  • Sat 22 Apr 2023 7:30 PM


Friends 20% off (excl Fri & Sat)

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.

Student Standbys £10*

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. 

* Student Standby tickets are subject to availability on the day of the performance and can only be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12pm. A valid Student ID, Young Scot ID or Proof of Age is required. Only one ticket per card.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 



Thu 20 April 7.30PM

Audio Description

Sat 22 April 2.30PM

BSL - Sign Language Interpreted

Sat 22 April 2.30PM


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We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 

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Show Related Events

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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