The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Bristol Hippodrome
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Tue 15 Aug - Sat 19 Aug 2023
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From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman (now a major Netflix series), comes the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
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Bristol Hippodrome

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Tue 15 Aug - Sat 19 Aug 2023
St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ
2 hours 35 minutes incl. interval
Tue - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance: 12+
For group bookings of 10 or more:
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This five-star spectacular from the producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, taking audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it. 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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...

A genuine rarity - a show that enthrals all generations
- GUARDIAN
An enveloping, enthralling theatrical experience
- EVENING STANDARD
Theatre at its best
- DAILY TELEGRAPH

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

Watch the cast describe the plot in 15 seconds here.

Age guidance: 12+ yrs. 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. We always recommend individual discretion alongside the age guidance. For more information, click here.

Please note that we have air management systems on the lower levels of our theatre that can cool the air around you. If you are seated in these levels some visitors have recommended bringing an extra layer of clothing with you.

Cast and Creatives

Charlie Brooks
Ursula / Skarthach
Charlie Brooks
Keir Ogilvy
Boy
Keir Ogilvy
Laurie Ogden
Sis / Ensemble
Laurie Ogden
Trevor Fox
Dad
Trevor Fox
Millie Hikasa
Lettie Hempstock
Millie Hikasa
Kemi-Bo Jacobs
Ginnie Hempstock
Kemi-Bo Jacobs
Finty Williams
Old Mrs Hempstock
Finty Williams
Jasmeen James
Understudy and Ensemble
Jasmeen James
Joe Rawlinson-Hunt
Understudy and Ensemble
Joe Rawlinson-Hunt
Daniel Cornish
Boy (Alternate)
Daniel Cornish
Lewis Howard
Understudy and Ensemble
Lewis Howard
Paolo Guidi
Ensemble
Paolo Guidi
Risha Silvera - Hunt
Understudy and Ensemble
Risha Silvera - Hunt
Ronnie Lee
Ensemble / Lodger
Ronnie Lee
Aimee McGoldrick
Understudy and Ensemble
Aimee McGoldrick
Domonic Ramsden
Ensemble
Domonic Ramsden
Emma-Jane Goodwin
Understudy and Ensemble
Emma-Jane Goodwin

What the critics say

Shows like this don’t come along very often
- TIME OUT
This knockout production is theatre at its best
- INDEPENDENT
There’s nothing around to beat this thrillingly imaginative show
- MAIL ON SUNDAY

Stats and facts

2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane wins Best Novel at the British National Book Awards
3
Olivier Award Nominations for the run at the National’s Dorfman Theatre
1
Olivier Award Win for Best Lighting Design
4
WhatsOnStage award nominations, including Best New Play

Bristol Hippodrome

St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ
Bristol Temple Meads
The Box Office is open for 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. See 'What's On' section for performance times. Please note this is a cashless venue.
Bar - Pre-show & interval drinks and snacks
Private Hospitality - Spaces available to hire
Membership Benefits - Save 25% off at the bar up to 30 minutes before the show starts.

The Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own West End theatre, opened its doors on 16 December 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time on what was generally agreed to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.

It is a superb example of the grand architecture of the late Victorian era and is one of the masterpieces of design by Frank Matcham, the most eminent theatre architect of his time.

Towards the beginning of the century, the theatre staged a variety of acts as a Music Hall. Since then, and due to the fact that it has one of the largest theatre stages in Britain, The Bristol Hippodrome has established itself on the touring circuit for all major musical productions, thus becoming known as Bristol’s West End Theatre.

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Bristol Hippodrome

change
Tue 15 Aug - Sat 19 Aug 2023
St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ
2 hours 35 minutes incl. interval
Tue - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance: 12+
For group bookings of 10 or more:
Join ATG+, the UK's best live entertainment membership

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Better access to tickets via priority booking and ringfenced seats
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Flexible tickets
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