The Ocean at the End of the Lane


20 June 2023

24 June 2023
New Theatre Oxford
24-26 George Street

20 June to 24 June

24-26 George Street
Oxford, OX1 2AG
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

About The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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.

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. 

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.

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


From £13.00

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Ticketing information

Prices: From £13.00
Tickets are subject to a transaction fee

Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes, including an interval

Date & times:
Tuesday 20 June at 7.30pm
Wednesday 21 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 22 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 23 June at 7.30pm
Saturday 24 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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 the Box Office.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane


“A genuine rarity – a show that enthrals all generations.”


“An enveloping, enthralling theatrical experience.”


“Theatre at its best.”


About New Theatre Oxford

There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 170 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1934, the third New Theatre opened.

The theatre has been owned by several different companies and undergone several name changes. It is now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and hosts everything from ballet and opera to musicals.

On performance days, the Box Office opens at noon and closes 15 minutes after the show starts. If there is a performance on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, Box Office will open 2 hours before the show begins and close 15 minutes after the show starts.

There is a large air-conditioned bar with seating located below the Stalls Foyer, two further bars in the Circle Foyer and an additional one at the back of the balcony. All stocked with an array of drinks and snacks.

There is a cloakroom located in the stalls bar. If this is closed, please speak to a member of staff. £1 per item. It is free to ATG Theatre Card members.

See important information about Getting there and Access here