Theatre at its gob-smacking best.
The Daily Telegraph
There's nothing around to beat this thrillingly imaginative show.
Mail on Sunday
Shows like this don't come around very often.
Time Out
Magic really does happen. A thrilling adaptation with a sense of wonder and visual dazzle.
Evening Standard
A wondrous and moving night. An uplifting and awe-inspiring experience for adults young and old.
Daily Express
A genuine rarity- a show that enthrals all generations.
The Guardian

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

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Age guidance: 12+ yrs. The production contains the following physical effects; high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound, and blackouts. This production explores adult themes that some people may find distressing or frightening. This includes the non-graphic depiction of the aftermath of a suicide early on and 4 occurrences where suicide is discussed in the play. There is infrequent mention of death, a depiction of parental abuse, and one depiction of a death.

tour dates and tickets

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Nearest Venues to you

The Lowry, Salford

12 December 2022 to 8 January 2023

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

24 January 2023 to 28 January 2023

Leicester Curve

31 January 2023 to 11 February 2023

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

14 February 2023 to 25 February 2023

Sunderland Empire

28 February 2023 to 4 March 2023

Theatre Royal, Bath

7 March 2023 to 18 March 2023

Grand Opera House, Belfast

21 March 2023 to 25 March 2023

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

28 March 2023 to 1 April 2023

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

4 April 2023 to 8 April 2023

New Wimbledon Theatre

11 April 2023 to 15 April 2023

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

18 April 2023 to 22 April 2023

Liverpool Empire

2 May 2023 to 6 May 2023

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

9 May 2023 to 20 May 2023

The Alexandra, Birmingham

23 May 2023 to 27 May 2023

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

30 May 2023 to 3 June 2023

Nottingham Theatre Royal

6 June 2023 to 17 June 2023

New Theatre Oxford

20 June 2023 to 24 June 2023

Milton Keynes Theatre

27 June 2023 to 1 July 2023

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

4 July 2023 to 8 July 2023

Newcastle Theatre Royal

11 July 2023 to 22 July 2023

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

25 July 2023 to 29 July 2023

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

8 August 2023 to 12 August 2023

Bristol Hippodrome

15 August 2023 to 19 August 2023

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

22 August 2023 to 26 August 2023

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

29 August 2023 to 2 September 2023

Norwich Theatre Royal

5 September 2023 to 9 September 2023

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

12 September 2023 to 16 September 2023

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

19 September 2023 to 23 September 2023

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

26 September 2023 to 30 September 2023

Creative Team

Katy Rudd


Katy Rudd


Katy Rudd’s work in theatre includes Camp Siegfried at the Old Vic; The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange; A Curious Night at the Theatre at the Apollo; and The Butterfly at Salisbury Playhouse. As associate director theatre includes Groundhog Day (also on Broadway; Olivier Award for Best New Musical), Lungs and The Master Builder at the Old Vic; Pinocchio, Husbands and Sons and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also on UK tour) at the National; Linda and The Twits at the Royal Court; and Mojo in the West End. As assistant director work includes Into the Woods at Regent’s Park; The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic; and The Constant Wife at Salisbury Playhouse.



Fly Davis

Set Designer

Fly Davis

Set Designer

Fly Davis trained at RADA and Motley School of Design. Her work in theatre includes Beginning (also West End, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and on UK tour), The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Pericles at the National Theatre; Caroline, or Change at Studio 54 and in the West End; Groan Ups on UK tour; Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse; Vassa and Shipwreck at the Almeida; Tao of Glass at Manchester International Festival; and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other at Edinburgh Royal Lyceum.

Samuel Wyer

Costume and Puppet Designer

Samuel Wyer

Costume and Puppet Designer

Samuel Wyer is a theatre designer, puppet maker and illustrator. As designer his work includes, Lazuli Sky at Sadler’s Wells with Birmingham Royal Ballet; Wolf, Witch, Giant, Fairy at the Royal Opera House with Little Bulb; Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Terrible Infants, The Trench and Dinner at the Twits for Les Enfants Terribles; Marvin’s Binoculars and WILD! at the Unicorn; and The Elephantom at the National Theatre and for Gyre & Gimble. As costume and puppet designer, his theatre includes She Described it to Death at the Royal Opera House; and The Wizard of Oz at the Birmingham Rep. As puppet designer his theatre includes The Boy in the Dress for the RSC; How to Hide a Lion at Polka; Raymond Briggs’ The Bear for Pins and Needles.


Steven Hoggett

Movement Director

Steven Hoggett

Movement Director

Steven Hoggett’s recent work as movement director/ choreographer include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, in the West End and internationally; Angels in America on Broadway; The Crucible on Broadway; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (also West End and on Broadway), The Ocean at The End of the Lane and The Light Princess  for the National Theatre; The Last Ship, Rocky, American Idiot and Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway; Brooklynite for Vineyard Theatre; Let the Right One In  for National Theatre of Scotland and at St Anne’s Warehouse; The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T., on Broadway and at Edinburgh International Festival; Once at A.R.T., on Broadway and in the West End;  Saint Joan at the Public Theater; and as associate director / movement, Black Watch forNational Theatre of Scotland and at St Anne’s Warehouse. As director, recent work includes Social! Distance Dance Club at Park Avenue Armory; and Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined at New York Theatre Workshop and in the West End. Hoggett was a director and founding member of Frantic Assembly Theatre Company, and with Scott Graham co-wrote The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (Routledge).

Jherek Bischoff


Jherek Bischoff


Jherek Bischoff is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumental performer. His work in theatre includes Andersen’s Stories, The Sandman, The Flying Classroom, Johnny Breitwieser and The Journey. His symphonies include Jump!Star and his ballets include Wash of Gray for Pacific Northwest Ballet. His work has been performed by orchestras and ensembles including The National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Stargaze and yMusic, and he has collaborated with David Byrne, Robert Wilson and Anna Calvi amongst others. His compositions include work for Kronos Quartet, Lincoln Center, St Ann’s Warehouse and the Royal Conservatory. Jherek Bischoff’s releases include Cistern, Composed, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk with Me and Strung Out in Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute (co-release with Amanda Palmer). His work for TV and film includes The Devil Makes Three, The Beauty of Decay, New Amsterdam, Glow, The Grave of St Oran, Dog Days, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Thank You For Coming, Blunt Talk and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Paule Constable trained at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her recent work in theatre includes The Normal Heart, The Visit, or the old lady comes to call, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys, Nine Night (also West End), Pericles and Follies at the National Theatre; …and breathe at the Almeida; Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness (co-creator and lighting designer) at Brighton Festival; The Nico Project at Manchester International Festival; The Cherry Orchard at ITA, Amsterdam; Local Hero at Edinburgh Royal Lyceum; The Meeting at Chichester; ear for eye at the Royal Court; Les Misérables in Concert (at the Sondheim and Gielgud), Les Misérables and The Moderate Soprano in the West End.

Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Sound Designer

Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Sound Designer

Ian is an award-winning sound designer and with extensive credits in the UK and internationally. Hi work has included The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, Translations, Small Island, Angels in America (also Broadway), Husbands and Sons for the National Theatre; Camp Siegfried at the Old Vic; 2:22 at the Noёl Coward; Company and Hangmen on Broadway and in the West End; Uncle Vanya at the Pinter Theatre and Audible Play; The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Bridge Theatre and Leeds Playhouse; Europe, Elegy, Roots and The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse; True West at the Vaudeville; Heisenberg at Wyndham’s; Fatherland at the Lyric, Hammersmith and The Royal Exchange, Manchester; Junkyard at Bristol Old Vic and on tour; Fracked! at Chichester Festival Theatre and on tour; Before I Leave at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff; Before the Party, Uncle Vanya, Children’s Children and Mrs Klein at the Almeida; Jerusalem at the Apollo; This House at the Garrick and on tour; Absent Friends at the Pinter; Love’s Sacrifice for the Royal Shakespear Company; The Nether at Duke of York’s; The River on Broadway; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All My Sons and To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; and The Machine at Manchester International Festival and in New York.

Ian has received Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, most notably for Rock & Roll, Jerusalem and Angels In America. He was the recipient of both an Olivier and Drama Desk Award for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which has played at the National Theatre and toured venues worldwide. Ian has been a member of the Autograph team since 2009.

Jamie Harrison

Magic and Illusions Director and Designer

Jamie Harrison

Magic and Illusions Director and Designer

Jamie Harrison is co-artistic director of Vox Motus and has co-created, co-directed, and designed all of the company’s work, most recently Bedknobs and Broomsticks on UK tour with Disney / Michael Harrison Entertainment, Flight (Critics’ Awards for Theatre Scotland, Best Design; Herald Angel; New York Times Theatre moments of 2018) at Edinburgh International Festival and Dragon (UK Theatre Awards, Best Production for Children and Young People), a collaboration between Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Theatre, China. Other recent work includes set and illusion design for Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Ex Machina and Quebec Opera Festival; magic and illusion design for The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Pinocchio at the National Theatre. He created the magic and illusions for the multiple Olivier and Tony award-winning production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End, on Broadway, in San Francisco, Melbourne and Hamburg. Harrison also designed the puppets and illusions for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Jamie Harrison has won several international awards for his work including a special citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle ‘Excellence in a Theatre Specialism’ Award. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival’s Great Lafayette Award for outstanding contribution to stage magic. Jamie Harrison trained as an actor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Finn Caldwell


Finn Caldwell


Finn Caldwell is a director, designer and performer and co-artistic director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry. His work in theatre includes Angels in America, The Light Princess and War Horse at the National. As puppetry director and co-designer work includes Life of Pi at Sheffield Crucible and in the West End; The Wicker Husband at the Watermill; The Grinning Man at Bristol Old Vic and in the West End; Dr Seuss’ The Lorax at the Old Vic and Toronto; and Running Wild at Chichester, on UK tour and Regent’s Park. Other theatre work includes The Bear for Pins and Needles; The Tempest at Birmingham Royal Ballet; Alice’s Adventures Underground and Adventures in Wonderland for Les Enfants Terrible; Ariodante at Festival Aix; and Shrek the Musical in the West End and on tour. As movement director, theatre includes Groundhog Day at the Old Vic and on international tour. As co-director and puppetry designer theatre includes Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Hartlepool Monkey for Fuel; and The Elephantom at the National and in the West End, for Gyre & Gimble. As director his work includes Ex Machina at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art; First Hippo on the Moon for Les Petits; and Lardo at the Old Red Lion.

Access Performances forThe Ocean at the End of the Lane

Assisted Performances

The National Theatre is committed to making its productions accessible to all. This commitment includes providing assisted performances. The following performances of The Ocean at the End of the Lane are scheduled across the tour:

Audio Described Performances

Signed Performances

Relaxed Performances

Touch Tours

Captioned Performances

Sensory Adapted Performances

For further details about each venue and dates and timings for each type of assisted performance, please visit your nearest venue website.


A special illustrated edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the bestselling magical novel from master storyteller Neil Gaiman, is available now.

The official soundtrack release of the original score from composer Jherek Bischoff. Now available to stream and download on all major platforms.

CD edition available to buy from the National Theatre Bookshop and in person at The Duke of York’s Theatre. A special limited-edition vinyl will also be released in 2022.

Artwork by Nicolas Delort. Photography by Manuel Harlan.
Arts Council England