The Ocean at the End of the Lane – A glorious adaptation
The five-star stage version of Neil Gaiman's smash hit book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is back in the West End for autumn 2023. As Neil Gaiman said to WhatsOnStage, “Ten years since my novel was first publishedThe Ocean at the End of the Lanewon lots of awards and people loved it, then the National Theatre turned it into the most amazing play.I am thrilled, overjoyed and absolutely delighted that this glorious adaptation of my book is going to be returning to the West End on St Martin’s Lane.It makes audiences laugh and cry and wonder.If you wanted to see it, now is your chance.”
What's the story behind The Ocean at the End of the Lane?
Adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, the play first took to the stage at the National Theatre in late 2019, prior to a West End run in late 2021 at the Duke of York. It was extended twice. Then it took off on a 39-week tour of the UK. Now it’s due on stage at the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited seven-week season from 11th October to 25th November 2023.
About The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane theatre tickets whisk you away to a childhood wonderland that’s scary, strange, and compelling. Themes of self-identity and the disconnect between childhood and adulthood sit at the heart of the story. No wonder it was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.
The journey takes you to the forgotten childhood of an unnamed man who has returned to his old home for a funeral. When he finds himself standing next to the pond at theSussex farmhouse where he used to play, he revisits his 12th birthday, when his friend Lettie was certain the pond wasn’t just a pond. It was an ocean.
Hurled into a magical world, the children are faced with a battle against ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything. The plot is packed with drama, as is the production itself, highlighted by high-intensity lighting, strobe lights, haze, smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sounds, and blackouts.
The full tour cast will transfer to London for the West End run. Keir Ogilvy plays Boy. Charlie Brooks plays Ursula and Daniel Cornish is alternate Boy. Trevor Fox plays Dad. Millie Hikasa plays Lettie Hempstock, Kemi-Bo Jacobs is Ginnie Hempstock, Laurie Ogden plays Sis and Finty Williams plays Old Mrs Hempstock.
Emma-Jane Goodwin takes an understudy and ensemble role. Paolo Guidi also understudies along with Lewis Howard, Jasmeen James, Joe Rawlinson-Hunt, and Risha Silvera. The other ensemble cast members are Ronnie Lee, Aimee McGoldrick, and Domonic Ramsden.
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Playing at Noel Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU GB (venue info)
This production contains the following physical effects; high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound, and blackouts. The production contains moments that some people may find frightening, including references to death. Everyone must have their own ticket. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under 3 years will not be admitted. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break.