The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Sunderland Empire
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Tue 28 Feb - Sat 4 Mar 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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Sunderland Empire

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Tue 28 Feb - Sat 4 Mar 2023
High St West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, UK
2 hours 35 minutes incl. interval
Tue - Sat at 19:30
Wed, Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance: 12+
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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. 

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.

Cast and Creatives

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

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

Sunderland Empire

High St West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, UK
Sunderland
The Box Office is open for 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. See 'What's On' section for performance times
Bar - Pre-show & interval drinks and snacks
Private Hospitality - Spaces available to hire
Membership Benefits - 25% off pre-show drinks (30mins prior)

Vesta Tilley laid the foundation stone of what is now the Sunderland Empire on 29 September 1906 and took to the stage on 1 July 1907 to officially declare the theatre open. Masterminded by two of the contemporary heads of British theatre, Edward Moss and Oswald Stoll, the Sunderland Empire Theatre has undergone many changes since it opened but remains the North East’s premier entertainment venue.

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Sunderland Empire

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Tue 28 Feb - Sat 4 Mar 2023
High St West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, UK
2 hours 35 minutes incl. interval
Tue - Sat at 19:30
Wed, Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance: 12+
For group bookings of 10 or more:
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