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George Street, Oxford, South East OX1 2AG

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Closed July 24, 2023

Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel is brought to thrilling life.

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Why See The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

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2023 tour

Described as a mesmerizing piece of theatrical magic, Katy Rudd and Joel Horwood's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2013 novel was a huge hit at the National Theatre and during its West End run and now heads out on the road to cast its spell on you. A fantastical adventure that follows two young friends as they set out to defeat nefarious supernatural forces, it's Gaiman on fine form, brought to life by breathtaking effects, puppetry and more!

What is the story?

When our hero returns to his childhood home for a funeral, he is suddenly overcome by the vivid memories of a spring over 40 years before. At that time, he had a best friend, Lettie Hempstock, who claimed the duck pond behind her house was actually a vast ocean. Diving headlong into his past, our hero confronts the true nature of Lettie and her unusual family, and the epic battle they waged against unsettling magic they faced together so long ago.

Please note: This production contains scenes that some people may find distressing and strobe lighting.

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Opening night: 20 July 2023



Run time

Two hours and 20 minutes including interval


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Ruby Ablett
James Bamford
Emma Bown
Charlie Cameron
Jeff D'Sangalang
Kieran Garland
Siubhan Harrison
Miranda Heath
Penny Layde
Tom Mackley
Charleen Qwaye
Grace Hogg-Robinson
Laura Rogers
Nicolas Tennant
Nia Towle
Peter Twose.


Based on the Novel by Neil Gaiman
Adapted by Joel Horwood
Directed by Katy Rudd
Design by  Fly Davis
Costume and puppetry design by Samuel Wyver
Movement direction by Stephen Hoggett
Composition by Jherek Bischoff,
Lighting design by Paule Constable
Puppetry direction Finn Caldwell
Sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Magic and illusions direction and design by Jamie Harrison


Olivier Awards, 2020 - Nominations

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Josie Walker
Best Lighting Design
Best New Play

What you thought

6 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Bea: “Incredible ”

What a brilliant piece of theatre. Puppetry and movement was amazing.... more

Natt: “Brilliant - wonderful use of light and body”

I booked tickets for my partner as I didn't expect it to be my thing but... more

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