The Ocean at the End of the Lane (West End)
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (West End)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(207 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great staging, Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious

About the Show

The stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling adventure novel returns to the West End.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (108)

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59 Reviews | 1 Follower
Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like excellent story-telling

Don't see it if you don't like Gaiman.

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Dizzying, Intense, Ambitious, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like a fast-paced adventure story filled with special effects and excellent staging.

Don't see it if You don't like stories that may be a bit scary Read more

63 Reviews | 4 Followers
Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy fantasy stories and want a visually stunning piece of theatre.

Don't see it if You want something more realistic. This is a completely fantasy story.

74 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like whimsical stories and great staging.

Don't see it if NA

330 Reviews | 93 Followers
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Beautifully sophisticated take on a children’s story. Eerie and enchanting stuff, the staging is magical.

Don't see it if Perhaps not a winner for those seeking out more adult, urbane entertainment.

50 Reviews | 3 Followers
Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience a real magic, cry and laugh at a really good story

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of fantasy world

70 Reviews | 5 Followers
Masterful, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy a play that cleverly questions identity and choices one makes at the worst of times, all framed in a magical childhood world.

Don't see it if you prefer plays moving at a faster pace, as the story sometimes can linger onto detail that might otherwise be a bit dragging.

658 Reviews | 103 Followers
That '80s horror vibe

See it if Riveting staging of a Stranger-Things vibed magical surrealism story on loss and loneliness. Suspense keeps you on your toes.

Don't see it if Another (awkward, lonely White) boy meets (magical manic pixie) girl where the girl's love saves him. She sacrifices a lot for him. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

October 12th, 2023

"The whole production can be seen as an astute study of the psychological defence mechanisms children employ to escape possible abuse and definite grief and loneliness."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
October 12th, 2023

“It’s no wonder The Ocean at the End of The Lane has been such a success, and this brief return to the West End is one final chance to see a production that is breathtakingly magical, in more ways than one.”
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Lost in Theatreland (UK)
October 14th, 2023

Alongside them, the entire cast is just remarkable. The way Trevor Fox (Dad) goes through the motions and how Finty Williams (Old Mrs Hempstock) carefully balances grandmotherly warmth and ancient powerful being left me speechless at times. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is probably the most well rounded production I have seen in a while - wholesome and healing.
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The Arts Desk
October 13th, 2023

"This is a show in which illusions and magical tricks – cups appearing out of nowhere - sit side by side with powerful appeals to the imagination."
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The London Evening Standard
November 5th, 2021
For a previous production

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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Time Out London
November 5th, 2021
For a previous production

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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London Theatre
November 5th, 2021
For a previous production

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
For a previous production

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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