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Following a sold out run at the National Theatre, the acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane transfers to the West End this October.

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 friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean…

Plunged into a magical world, their survival depends on their ability to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

Adapted from the best-selling Neil Gaiman novel by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this spectacular and thrilling adventure is a tour de force of imagination and storytelling.

The running time is 2 hours and 20 mins, including an interval. This production is suitable for ages 12+. This production contains scenes that some people may find distressing and strobe light effects.

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Spellbinding. The National at its very best.
Daily Telegraph
Theatrical magic. Mesmerising.
The Sunday Times
Truly spectacular.
Mail on Sunday
Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel is brought to thrilling life.
The Times
Monster-powered adrenalin spectacular.
The Guardian
Out of this world.
Daily Mail
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GROUPS INFORMATION

Groups Rate 12+ £42.50 (usually £55 – £69.50)
Valid on all Tuesday – Wednesday evening performances, excluding w/c 21 Dec and w/c 28 Dec 2020.

Subject to availability. Restrictions may apply.

For bookings please contact National Theatre Groups on [email protected]

SCHOOLS INFORMATION

Schools Rate 10+ £22.50 (usually £35 – £55 in Upper Circle)
Every 11th ticket entitles the group to a free teacher.
Valid on all Thursday matinee performances, excluding w/c 21 Dec and w/c 28 Dec 2020.

Subject to availability. Restrictions may apply.

For bookings please contact National Theatre Groups on [email protected]

ACCESS INFORMATION

For access bookings, please call ATG Access on 0800 912 6971

Access performances:
Saturday 16 January 2021, 2:30pm Audio Described with touch tour at 12.30pm
Tuesday 19 January 2021, 7:30pm Captioned

CREATIVE TEAM

Katy Rudd

Director

Katy Rudd

Director

At the National: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

As associate director other theatre includes: Groundhog Day (also on Broadway; Olivier Award for Best New Musical) and The Master Builder at the Old Vic; PinocchioHusbands and Sons and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also on UK tour) at the National; Linda and The Twits at the Royal Court; and Mojo in the West End. As assistant director work includes Into the Woods at Regent’s Park; The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic; and The Constant Wife at Salisbury Playhouse.

Fly Davis

Set Designer

Fly Davis

Set Designer

At the National: The Ocean at the End of the LanePericlesI Want my Hat Back and Beginning (also in the West End).

Other theatre includes: Appropriate at the Donmar; Tao of Glass and The Crocodile at Manchester International Festival; Groan Ups in the West End; Caroline, or Change at Chichester and in the West End; Macbeth for the RSC and at the Barbican; Vassa at the Almeida; The Hour That we Knew Nothing of Each Other and The Winter’s Tale at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh; The PrudesPigeons and Primetime at the Royal Court; Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe; A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist at Regent’s Park; Our TownA Streetcar Named DesireScuttlersHunger for TradeNothing and How Our Light is Spent at the Royal Exchange; BarbariansTradeA Streetcar Named Desire (for Parallel Productions) and Turning a Little Further at the Young Vic; The Last Remains of MaisieDuggan for National Theatre Ireland; The Glass Menagerie for Headlong and on UK tour; Opera for the Unknown Woman for Fuel and on UK tour; James and the Giant Peach at West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Dissidents at Kiln; I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole and Image of an Unknown Young Woman at Gate; and Dealing With Clair at the Orange Tree.

As costume designer other theatre includes: Unreachable at the Royal Court; and Shipwreck at the Almeida.

Samuel Wyer

Costume and Puppet Designer

Samuel Wyer

Costume and Puppet Designer

At the National: The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Elephantom (as set and costume designer).

Other theatre includes: She Described it to Death at the Royal Opera House; and The Wizard of Oz at the Birmingham Rep.

As set, costume and puppet designer other theatre includes: Wild at the Unicorn; Divine Proportions for Shotgun Carousel at The
Vaults; The Terrible InfantsThe TrenchDinner at the TwitsThe Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie and The Vaudevillians at Les Enfants Terribles; Goosebumps Alive! at The Vaults; and Ragnarök at Eastern Angles.

As puppet designer other theatre includes: The Boy in the Dress for the RSC; How to Hide a Lion at Polka; The Bear for Pins and Needles; and The House Where Winter Lives for Punchdrunk.

As set and costume designer: The Hartlepool Monkey for Gyre & Gimble; Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Game’s Afoot for Les Enfants Terribles; Under the Eiderdown and The Space Invaders Agency for Punchdrunk; and Bing! Live! and In the Night Garden Live (as set designer only) for Minor Entertainment.

Steven Hoggett

Movement Director

Steven Hoggett

Movement Director

At the National: The Ocean at the End of the LanePinocchio and The Light Princess.

In London’s West End and on Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildThe CrucibleThe Last ShipThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeRocky the MusicalThe Glass MenagerieOnceAmerican Idiot and Peter and the Starcatcher.

Other theatre includes: Saint Joan at The Public; The End of History and The Twits at the Royal Court; Let the Right One In at St Ann’s Warehouse and in the West End; Black Watch (Olivier Award) for National Theatre of Scotland; Little Dogs (also at National Theatre Wales), LovesongBeautiful Burnout and Othello for Frantic Assembly.

As director other theatre includes: Close to You in the West End and at New York Theatre Workshop.

Jherek Bischoff

Composer

Jherek Bischoff

Composer

At the National: The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Other theatre includes: Andersen’s StoriesThe SandmanThe Flying Classroom and Johnny Breitwieser. His symphonies include Jump!Star and his ballets include Wash of Gray for Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

At the National: The VisitThe Ocean at the End of the Lane‘Master Harold’…and the boysFolliesPericlesNine NightPinocchioMosquitoesCommonAngels in AmericaThe Red BarnThe Threepenny Operawonder.landBehind the Beautiful ForeversThe Light PrincessTableThis HouseThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimePhèdreDeath and the King’s HorsemanWaves, Saint Joan and War Horse.

Other theatre includes: Wolf Hall for the RSC, in the West End and on Broadway; ear for eyeHow to Hold Your BreathClybourne Park and The Weir at the Royal Court; The Cripple of Inishmaan for the Michael Grandage Company; Teddy FerraraThe Chalk Garden and Othello at the Donmar Warehouse; Happy DaysFeast and Vernon God Little at the Young Vic; and 17Herons and Blasted at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Opera includes: Benvenuto CelliniSatyagrahaMedea and Dr Dee for the English National Opera; Billy Budd and Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne; and Roberto Devereux and Cav and Pag for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Dance includes: Romeo and JulietSwan LakeThe Red ShoesSleeping BeautyPlay Without Words and Dorian Gray for Matthew Bourne.

Paule Constable is an associate of the National and a Royal Designer for Industry.

Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Sound Designer

Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Sound Designer

At the National: The Ocean at the End of the LaneCommonAngels in America, Husbands & SonsEvening at the Talk HouseThe Red Lion, Rules for LivingA Taste of Honey, Emil and the DetectivesPort, This HouseThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also on Broadway and tour), 13Season’s GreetingsAfter the DanceWomen Beware WomenOur ClassAll’s Well That Ends WellDeath and the King’s HorsemanHarper ReganThe Hothouse and Pillars of the Community.

In London’s West End: This House, The Nether

On Broadway: The River

Other recent sound designs include: EuropeElegyRoots and The Weir at the Donmar; Small IslandAngels in America (also in New York), TranslationsHusbands and SonsCommonEvening at the Talk HouseThe Red LionRules for LivingA Taste of HoneyEmil and the Detectives and Port at the National; Company at the Gielgud; True West at the Vaudeville; Hangmen at the Royal Court, Wyndham’s and in New York; Heisenberg at Wyndham’s; Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Exchange; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse; Junkyard at Bristol Old Vic; Fracked! at Chichester and on UK tour; Before I Leave in Cardiff; Before the PartyUncle VanyaChildren’s Children and Mrs Klein at the Almeida; Love’s Sacrifice for the RSC; A Midsummer Night’s DreamAll My Sons and To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent’s Park; and The Machine in Manchester and New York.

Ian Dickinson has been with the Autograph Design Team since 2009, and before that was Head of Sound at the Royal Court, where he designed over 50 productions.

Finn Caldwell

Puppetry

Finn Caldwell

Puppetry

At the National: The Ocean at the End of the LaneAngels in America (as puppetry director, movement and puppet co-designer), The Elephantom (co-director), The Light Princess (puppetry and movement), War Horse (puppetry and movement)

At the National as a performer: Saint JoanWar HorseOr You Could Kiss Me and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

In London’s West End: Shrek – The Musical (as director of puppetry and movement)

Other theatre includes: The Bear for Pins and Needles; The Tempest at Birmingham Royal Ballet; Alice’s Adventures Underground and Adventures in Wonderland for Les Enfants Terrible; Ariodante at Festival Aix; and Shrek the Musical in the West End and on tour. As movement director theatre includes Groundhog Day at the Old Vic and on international tour. As co-director and puppetry designer theatre includes Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Hartlepool Monkey for Fuel.

As director other theatre includes: Ex Machina at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art; First Hippo on the Moon for Les Petits; and Lardo at the Old Red Lion.

Jamie Harrison

Magic and Illusions Director and Designer

Jamie Harrison

Magic and Illusions Director and Designer

At the National: Pinocchio and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

In London’s West End: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (as puppet and illusion designer).

Other theatre includes: DragonThe Infamous Brothers DavenportThe Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo (also co-writer and co-director), Bright BlackSlick (also co-writer, co-director and puppet designer), How to Steal a Diamond (also co-writer and co-director), FlightGlamour (also co-writer, co-director and set designer), Gravel and Interference (also co-writer and co-director) for Vox Motus; Traverse
and Tomorrow for Vanishing Point; The Wheel for National Theatre of Scotland; 1000 Paper Cranes for Catherine Wheels; A Conversation with Carmel for Barrowland and Ballet; Pinocchio at the Lyceum, Edinburgh; Jerusalem at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

As magic and illusion consultant other theatre includes: Peter Pan and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off for National Theatre of Scotland; Further than the Furthest ThingA Christmas Carol, The Cherry Orchard and The Visit at Dundee Rep; What We Know for Traverse;
The Last Witch at Edinburgh International Festival; and A Brief History of Time for Vanishing Point.

Other work includes the Olympic Festival Exhibition Road.

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… A new, special illustrated edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the bestselling magical novel from master storyteller Neil Gaiman. Featuring breathtaking illustrating by fine artist and illustrator, Elise Hurst.

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