The Ocean at the End of the Lane Prod Shot

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
  Tickets available from £13.00
subject to a transaction fee of £3.80
Play
2 hours 35 minutes
incl. interval
From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman, 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+
For group bookings of 10 or more:

Why go and see it?

From an international best-selling fantasy novel to an award-winning play, Neil Gaiman’s magical world comes to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation. Book your tickets now!

This thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, is a five-star spectacular which blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling that takes audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it.

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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 gob-smacking 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. 

This production contains the following effects; high intensity lighting and strobe, haze and smoke, pyrotechnics, loud sound and blackouts. 

This production explores adult themes that some people may find distressing or frightening. This includes the non-graphic depiction of the aftermath of a suicide early on and four occurrences where suicide is discussed in the play. There is also infrequent mention of death, a depiction of parental abuse, and one depiction of a death. 

If you’d like to find out more before you book, please contact our Box Office.

Nights you don't want to miss

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What the critics say

Even better in the West End. Bigger, stranger, sadder and more beautiful. 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 will open 90 minutes prior to performances.
The Sunderland Empire has 5 bars around the venue, at Foyer, Stalls and Dress Circle levels.
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There is no cloakroom available at the Sunderland Empire.

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 Osward 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: