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What to expect

  • The Ocean At The End Of The Lane’s National Theatre run boasted huge success and this exciting production is now returning for shows at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.
  • Expect all things weird and wonderful at this page-to-stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s popular fantasy novel that will leave both kids and adults enthralled.

What do you get when you cross one of the best selling Neil Gaiman books with the creativity and vision of Joel Horwood, and the storytelling prowess of director Katy Rudd? You get The Ocean at the End of the Lane! After selling out the National Theatre, this fantastical Neil Gaiman adaptation is transferring to the West End.

Neil Gaiman books, graphic novels, comic books and films have excelled in quality and popularity for years. His comic book series The Sandman and the novel Coraline can provide insight into the mysterious and dangerous world of this upcoming stage show, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This eerie stage adaptation of Gaiman’s popular novel takes audiences on a fantastical and mysterious journey in which a young boy has to battle supernatural forces. Combined with equally fantastical sets, costumes and incredible acting, this production really is a recipe for success. If your family is ready for a spectacle, enjoys all things fantasy and doesn't mind being a little spooked, then The Ocean at the End of the Lane is for you!

Duke of York's Theatre exterior at night.

These London theatre tickets are set to give audiences access to a truly magical experience. The show’s transfer to this West End theatre venue promotes the ethos of the National Theatre to increase audiences attending high quality productions. The Ocean at the End of the Lane has glowing reviews and an impressive reputation. The original novel received the British National Book awards ‘Book of the Year’ accolade in 2013 and its success has only grown since then. The Ocean at the End of the Lane’s National Theatre production was nominated for three Olivier Awards and dominated London theatre tickets sales with a sold out run.

Looking for more magic on stage? Why not check out The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre.

What to know before you go

  • Unfortunately there are no baby-changing facilities at the venue. London theatre spaces operate with a no babies in arm policy.
  • There are many places to delve into pre-theatre dining nearby; highly regarded is Browns, but if you are looking for a more casual bite then Pret A Manger is just a two-minute walk away.
  • Staff at the Duke of York’s Theatre conduct bag searches upon arrival as part of their security check. If possible, leave large bags such as backpacks and suitcases at home and arrive with enough time to get through security.
  • Duke of York’s Theatre recommends arriving at least 30 minutes before the show.
  • Please note that The Ocean At The End Of The Lane features strobe lighting and some intense scenes.
  • They can accommodate 85.5cm / 33 3⁄4 inches wide wheelchairs in the Royal Circle right and 91cm / 35 3⁄4 inches wide in the Royal Circle left.
  • The Duke of York’s Theatre uses MobileConnect for hearing impaired visitors.
  • Tickets are non-refundable if you choose to cancel. However, if the show is cancelled then you receive a full refund or seats at a different play.

Getting there

  • There is no theatre car park. Covent Garden car park is a three-minute walk away from the venue, but it can get pricey and very busy so we recommend arriving by public transport where possible.
  • The nearest Tube station to the venue is Leicester Square, just a five-minute walk away, which services the Northern and Piccadilly lines.
  • Bus routes to the theatre include the 24, 29 and 176, all stopping at St Martin’s Place (Stop K) just a few minutes from the Duke of York’s Theatre. Also running through Trafalgar Square close by are buses 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 23, 53, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159 and 453.

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