The Ocean at the End of the Lane (London)
Closed 2h 35m
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (London)
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (London) London Reviews and Tickets

85%
(39 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
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Negative
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Members say
Absorbing, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Great acting

About the Show

Gaiman's best-selling novel of magic and adventure is imaginatively adapted for the stage.

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Member Reviews (39)

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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
91
Darkly delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Fast paced entertaining. Greatly told story. Great movement. Darkly delightful. Grabbing.

Don't see it if You don’t like darkly fairytale-like stories.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
92
Dark and fun!, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy stories with supernatural or fantasy elements and want to go on a theatrical adventure. Dark and fun! ‘Stranger Things’-Esque!

Don't see it if You dislike fantasy or the supernatural. Although this show does explore deeper themes.

260 Reviews | 597 Followers
68
Classic fantasy adventure story, with horrible pacing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you are patient and don't mind a very slowly paced story. The actors were good, the plot interesting. You like fantasy adventure.

Don't see it if you believe in the addage that "Theatre should not be boring" The pacing is truely dreadful. Which is too bad, since the story's good. Read more

344 Reviews | 69 Followers
90
Great acting, Great staging

See it if you can.

Don't see it if no reason not to. Read more

52 Reviews | 1 Follower
98
Masterful, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Captivating

See it if you enjoy Gaiman’s original novel or if you simply want to see theatre at its dark, fantastical, captivating best. A masterpiece.

Don't see it if you don’t like dark, fantasy plays or you find it hard to follow slightly complicated stories.

46 Reviews | 1 Follower
82
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like drama that is offbeat, mysticism and fantasy

Don't see it if You like a clear, linear story, as this was somewhat confusing and murky

28 Reviews | 3 Followers
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Entertaining, Slow, Quirky, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You love magical realism and the fantastical. Great staging.

Don't see it if You don't like fantasy and things that arent based in reality.

28 Reviews | 1 Follower
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Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you've never read the book, you've read the but don't care if the play departs from the book in places, or you like complicated stories.

Don't see it if you struggle with convoluted plots where you have to think hard during the show to keep up with what's happening. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

Time Out London
November 5th, 2021

The bottom line is, shows like this don’t come along very often. Maybe it’s changed, maybe I’ve changed, but second time out ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ felt bigger, stranger, sadder and more beautiful – I wish I could swim in its twilight waters for longer.
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The London Evening Standard
November 5th, 2021

If anything, the diverse disciplines of theatre work even more closely together here to weave a spell than they did at the National. We all thought this transfer wouldn’t happen, even Gaiman. I’m glad we were wrong.
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London Theatre
November 5th, 2021

It’s a coming-of-age tale that will appeal to all ages, fascinatingly muddying our sense of time, blurring the boundaries between memory and imagination – if it feels true, it is true – and showing how stories can make sense of our reality.
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The Stage (UK)
November 5th, 2021

Capturing the darkness and dreamlike strangeness of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling 2013 novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a pacy fantasy thriller occasionally overloaded by its own ambitious exuberance.
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The Independent (UK)
November 6th, 2021

[Neil Gaiman's] story is brought to life in Joel Horwood’s thunderous adaptation, which finds wonder even in the most unremarkable of moments.
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The Arts Desk
November 6th, 2021

No other production I’ve seen has captured the experience of childhood, the terror and the beauty – not what actually happened, but what it felt like (which is also what adaptation is about).
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The Guardian (UK)
November 5th, 2021

Though the sentimental ending goes on a bit, this is a genuine rarity – a show that enthrals all generations without patronising any.
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