The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane, London

Public Previews: 23 October 2021
Opens: 4 November 2021
Closes: 23 April 2022

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Show times
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows

Mon 25 Oct no show
Thu 28 Oct at 7.30pm only
Wed 3 Nov at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu 4 Nov at 7.0pm only

Runs 2 hours and 20 minutes including one interval

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A major production of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane in London, adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood

Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He's transported back to his 13th birthday, during school spring half term when his dad was struggling to make ends meet, and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn't a pond, but an ocean...

Please note that this production is suitable for ages 12 and above. The story contains themes that include suicide, grief and loss, and the supernatural. This production transfers to London's West End following a sell-out seven-week season at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre.

Play adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood from the novel by Neil Gaiman.

The cast at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre features James Bamford as 'Boy', Grace Hogg-Robinson as 'Sis', Nicolas Tennant as 'Dad', Nia Towle as 'Lettie Hempstock', Siubhan Harrison as 'Ginnie Hempstock', Penny Layden as 'Old Mrs Hempstock', Laura Rogers as 'Ursula', Charleen Qwaye, Charlie Cameron, Emma Bown, Jeff D'Sangalang, Kieran Garland, Miranda Heath, Peter Twose, Ruby Ablett, and Tom Mackley.

Directed by Katy Rudd, with movement by Steven Hoggett, sets by Fly Davis, costumes and puppet designs by Samuel Wyer, puppetry by Finn Caldwel, lighting by Paule Constable, music by Jherek Bischoff, and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Note: This production was originally scheduled to transfer here at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2020 - with public previews from 31 October 2020, opening on 12 November 2020, and closing on 6 February 2020 - but was postponed to the dates above due to the COVID-19 situation.

Nicolas Tennant's London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Ed Boone' in Marianne Elliott's production of Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre in 2014; the ensemble in Gregory Doran's revival of John Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed at the Queen's Theatre in 2004; 'Grumio' in Gregory Doran's revival of William Shakespeare's Tempest at the Queen's Theatre in 2004; and 'Irwin Ingham' in Denis Lawson's revival of David Halliwell's Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs at the Hampstead Theatre in 1998, and transfer to the West End's Comedy Theatre in 1999.

Siubhan Harrison's London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Fran' in Tamara Harvey's production of Laura Wade's Home, I'm Darling at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre in 2018, and transfer to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre in 2019; 'Sarah Brown' in Gordon Greenberg's revival of Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre in 2015, and transfer to the Phoenix Theatre in 2016; and 'Lorene' in Tamara Harvey's production of the Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson musical From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2013.

Penny Layden's London theatre credits include the ensemble in Max Webster's production of David Greig's Dr. Seuss's The Lorax at the Old Vic Theatre in 2015; 'The Nurse' in Dominic Dromgoole's revival of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2009; 'The Queen' in Fiona Laird's production of Stephen Fry's Cinderella at the Old Vic Theatre in 2007; the title role in Polly Teale's production of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, for Shared Experience, at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1999; 'Juliet' in Michael Boyd's revival of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure at the Barbican Theatre in 1999; and 'Miranda' in Adrian Noble's revival of William Shakespeare's Tempest at the Barbican Theatre in 1999.

Laura Rogers' London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Stage Manager' in Ellen McDougall's revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2019; 'Kay Summersby' in John Dove's production of David Haig's Pressure at the Park Theatre, and transfer to the West End's Ambassadors Theatre in 2018; 'Annabella Schmidt' in Maria Aitken's production of Patrick Barlow's adaptation of John Buchan's The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre in 2011; 'Lady Macbeth' in Lucy Bailey's revival of William Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2009; 'Celia' in Thea Sharrock's revival of William Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2009; 'Helen Stewart' in Maggie Norris' production of Kath Gotts' Bad Girls the Musical at the Garrick Theatre in 2007; and 'Bianca' in Phyllida Lloyd's revival of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2003.

This production transfers to London's West End following a seven-week run at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre - previewed from 3 December 2019, opened on 11 December 2019, and closed on 25 Janury 2020 - when the 11-strong cast featured Samuel Blenkin as 'Boy', Jade Croot as 'Sis', Justin Salinger as 'Dad', Marli Siu as 'Lettie Hempstock', Carlyss Peer as 'Ginnie Hempstock', Josie Walker as 'Old Mrs Hempstock', Pippa Nixon as 'Ursula'/'Skarthach', Fred Davis, Jeff D'Sangalang (AKA Jeffrey Sangalang), Jess Williams, and Owain Gwynn.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane in London at the Duke of York's Theatre public previews from 23 October 2021, opens on 4 November 2021, and closes on 23 April 2022