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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane - a tour de force of imagination and storytelling

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Booking from
Saturday, 23 October 2021

Booking until
Saturday, 14 May 2022

Running time
2 hours 35 minutes (One interval)

Performance Times

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14:30 14:30
19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Following a sold out run at the National Theatre, the acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane transfers to the West End from October 2021.

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 friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean…

Plunged into a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

Audience Latest Reviews

Reviews Summary based on 51 reviews

What to expect








Young Couples:

Best show I've ever been to
This has everything, a wonderful story, adapted perfectly for the theatre. Captivating actors, incredible direction and absolutely captivating from start to end.
Sinead, 15 May 2022
Must take a dip in the ocean before it disappears
Immerse yourself, everything is top notch and this show is a memory you will retain!
John, 01 May 2022
Great show!
Neena, 01 May 2022
Mind blowing. I cried for the last twenty minutes. Honestly one of the most impactful shows I’ve ever seen. As a set designer I can only applaud the entire production team for what was a total masterpiece. The actors were so believable I lost track and sense of time.
Kathryn, 30 Apr 2022
Incredible evening of theatre!
Sergey, 20 Apr 2022
Beautiful and dreamlike
The first act seemed a little long but the payoff in the second act made it well worth it. The choreography, sets and direction created an immersive world and told a new fairy tale. It was beautifully acted and performed. The ensemble deserved a standing ovation for their role in creating the magic the show evokes.
Jason, 17 Apr 2022
Gripping story, brilliant acting, fantastic special effects!
Story was Gripping with a good moral to it. Brilliant acting on the part of everyone. Fantastic special effects and stage crew. Excellent music too.
Natalie, 13 Apr 2022
Amazing! Must see show.
Lisa, 10 Apr 2022
Good show
Carol Anne, 09 Apr 2022
An inspired evening
David, 07 Apr 2022
Don't bother
Very strange storyline that I thought was very far fetched and stupid. Very disappointed with the set particularly given how much we paid for our tickets. Drinks at the theatre are very overpriced.
Gillian, 02 Apr 2022
George, 02 Apr 2022
A tour de force of the Imagination
I was wondering how the book would be adapted and was very pleasantly surprised by the inventive use of the crew as multitasking ensemble. Also the creative use of puppetry and rippling swathes of fabric as the ocean waves. A sight to behold. Magic on stage indeed!
Jimmy, 01 Apr 2022
Immersive and gripping, a fantastic show!
This was my first London theatre show and it was amazing! Brilliant sound-FX all the way through, acting that constantly keeps your attention and a great story! Would definitely recommend for casual and avid theatre goers.
Joshua, 17 Mar 2022
From the opening first chord to the final curtain call this was truly a magical performance Excellent acting and wonderfully inventive set design Beautiful story
Rory, 12 Mar 2022
Dark, scary, brilliant
Brilliant show. Suggested for over 12s but my 9 year old who loves all dark and scary things loved it. Quite surreal story, reminded me of Stranger Things but more original.
Claire, 06 Mar 2022
A must see play
Gavin, 26 Feb 2022
Good stuff
Eliza, 26 Feb 2022
Strong story well told
Harris, 22 Feb 2022
Imaginative interpretation of Gaiman’s book
Simple props used with imagination , lighting and music used to great effect to create a fantastic atmosphere and the puppets are a wonder . Very different and superior to the usual West End fare. A success in all areas.
Elizabeth, 11 Feb 2022
A must see for anyone who loves the Theatre
Absolutely amazing, we laughed, we cried and felt emotionally invested in all the characters, were literally on the edge of our seats glued to the story unfolding. A fantastic show to introduce my daughter to the theatre experience
Paula, 08 Feb 2022
Fantastic show.
William, 06 Feb 2022
For those that suffered abnormally in their childhood.
David, 05 Feb 2022
Fantastic interpretation of a magnificent book
Michael, 29 Jan 2022
Amazing experience
Excellent show, we loved every second. The actors were brilliant. Everyone involved in this production should be proud of the job they have done.
Luke, 22 Jan 2022
Fantastic, creative and imaginative story, directing and acting!
Agnes, 20 Jan 2022
very enjoyable visual treat
It's a real achievement to make an unlikely fantasy story about a pond into such an engaging spectacle. Great visual effects.
Jessica, 15 Jan 2022
a celebration of the art of imagination
I loved the show due to the creative set design and amazing puppetry used. Their horror aspects were very enjoyable and kept you on edge. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys something a bit more abstract, and overall a great experience.
Gemma, 08 Jan 2022
Utterly enthralling
Best representation of a great fictional work since Philip Pullman's Dark Materials was put on at the National Theatre
Mark, 19 Dec 2021
Jason, 14 Dec 2021
A thought/provoking, visually stunning, and heartfelt adventure
What the genre of magical realism should be. The acting, the movement, the puppetry—all were outstanding and had surprises. Would definitely see it again. Not recommended for young children.
Jane, 12 Dec 2021
Dazzling, moving fairy tale
Awesome staging, perfect actors, it made me cry.
Victor, 04 Dec 2021
Fantastic experience… I visual spectacle
Jacob, 01 Dec 2021
A journey to a dreamland
I am stunned. A wonderful story, great actors,amazing lighting/costumes/effects. I wished I could have stayed in this world.
Carola, 30 Nov 2021
Neil Gaiman classic
Paula, 30 Nov 2021
Fantastical, clever set design combined with heartfelt performances
Miles, 29 Nov 2021
Amazing production
Jolanta, 23 Nov 2021
Great special effects, drama and pacing.
Loved the staging and special effects—true theater magic. Looked like movie magic. Captivating. Great story telling and pacing. Great and unusual puppets. I loved the show and was captivated. Glad they incorporated stage crew well.
Joshua, 18 Nov 2021