Following a highly acclaimed tour across the UK and Ireland, the National Theatre’s smash-hit production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane will return to London’s West End for a strictly limited 7-week run this autumn.
Following a highly acclaimed tour across the UK and Ireland, the National Theatre’s smash-hit production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane will return to London’s West End for a strictly limited 7-week run this autumn. Based on a best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, will play at the Noël Coward Theatre from 11 October until 25 November 2023.
This first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work 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. Currently on tour, visiting 29 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, the full cast will transfer with the show into London’s West End.
This year marks 10 years since Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, was first published. The novel won Book of the Year at 2013 National Book Awards and has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane production received its world premiere at the National Theatre in 2019. It made its West End debut at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2021.
The 17-strong ensemble cast are: Charlie Brooks (Ursula), Daniel Cornish (alternate Boy), Trevor Fox (Dad), Emma-Jane Goodwin (understudy), Paolo Guidi (ensemble), Millie Hikasa (Lettie Hempstock), Lewis Howard (understudy), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Ginnie Hempstock), Jasmeen James (understudy), Ronnie Lee (ensemble), Aimee McGoldrick (ensemble), Laurie Ogden (Sis), Keir Ogilvy (Boy), Domonic Ramsden (ensemble), Joe Rawlinson-Hunt (understudy), Risha Silvera (understudy) and Finty Williams (Old Mrs Hempstock).
Neil Gaiman is known for his graphic novels, including The Sandman series (a major new Netflix series which in its first 10 days was watched for over 198 million hours by audiences around the world); his novels for adults and children including Stardust, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book; and multiple film and television projects including Good Omens (season 2 is due to appear on Amazon Prime from 28 July) and Anansi Boys.
BSL Interpreted Performance
Thursday 19 October at 2:30pm
Audio Described Performance
Saturday 21 October at 2:30pm
Thursday 16 November at 7:30pm
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is currently on a 39-week UK and Ireland Tour until 7 October before it transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre.
Nottingham Theatre Royal 6 – 17 June
New Theatre Oxford* 20 – 24 June
Milton Keynes Theatre 27 June – 1 July
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 4 – 8 July
Newcastle Theatre Royal 11 – 22 July
Marlowe Theatre Canterbury 25 – 29 July
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend 8 – 12 August
Bristol Hippodrome 15 – 19 August
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen 22 – 26 August
King’s Theatre, Glasgow* 29 August – 2 September
Norwich Theatre Royal 5 – 9 September
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent 12 – 16 September
Hall for Cornwall, Truro 19 – 23 September
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 26 – 30 September
The Lowry, Salford 4 – 7 October
Noël Coward Theatre 11 October – 25 November
*Charlie Brooks is currently not scheduled to perform at these venues.