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‘The National Theatre at its very best.’ (Daily Telegraph)

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.

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

'Shows like this don't come around very often.'
Time Out

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including an interval.

Age Advice:


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 four occurrences where suicide is discussed in the play. There is also infrequent mention of death, a depiction of parental abuse, and one depiction of a death.  

If you’d like to find out more before you book, please contact our Box Office at 02380 711811


Contains high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound, blackouts and some scenes people may find frightening.

The production contains some adult themes that some people may find distressing, including a depiction of suicide and scenes discussing suicide. 

Standard Pricing
Wed & Thu 2.00pm £20.50 to £39.50
Tue - Sat 7.30pm £24.50 to £44.50
Sat 2.00pm £24.50 to £44.50

Discounts do not apply to lowest price zone.

Executive Membership £6.00 off top two prices only at all performances or 20% off on Tue 4 July.
Schools/Young People's Group 10+ Tickets £19.50 on Tue - Thu performances, plus one free supervisor with every 10. Not available online - please email
Groups (10+) £5 off. Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Groups (20+) £6 off plus one free ticket with every 20 purchased.
Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Access Member Discount [What's This?] £5 off. Companion seats half price at all performances

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Accessible Performances

data-udi="umb://media/65ebab66e7ed4c4d8d256324cf0cfed6" Signed Performances: Tue 4 July 2023 at 7.30pm
data-udi="umb://media/282e4d18e2554531a47ad351bf7cb580" Captioned Performance: Wed 5 July 2023 at 7.30pm
data-udi="umb://media/93dc57d6a2034fe393e3826c138c7f7b Touch Tour: Fri 7 July 2023 at 5.30pm (see Extras tab for more information)
Audio Described Performance Audio Described Performance: Fri 7 July 2023 at 7.30pm

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Touch Tour

Friday 7 July 2023 | 5.30pm | Mayflower Theatre

We are pleased to announce there will be a 30 minute Touch Tour before the audio described performance of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Touch Tours offer a hands-on tour of the set, props, costumes, characters and the visual style of the show, especially for visitors with visual impairments.

Touch Tours are free to all access members and companions and can be booked by phoning our Box Office on 02380 711811.