Neil Gaiman in conversation with Lenny Henry at the National Theatre

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the bestselling magical novel from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman. Join Gaiman as he chats to Lenny Henry about writing this modern myth, where his inspiration came from, and what it’s like to have his novel adapted for the stage.

Neil Gaiman is the author of over 30 books and graphic novels for adults and children, including American Gods, Stardust, Coraline and The Graveyard BookThe Ocean at the End of the Lane has won several awards, including being voted Book of the Year in the National Book Awards 2013. Neil Gaiman’s work has been adapted for film, television and radio. He has written scripts for Doctor Who, worked with authors and illustrators including Terry Pratchett, Dave McKean and Chris Riddell, and The Sandman is established as one of the classic graphic novels.

Tickets for this event are £15 (£10 for students and under-18s) and will be available via the National Theatre website. Public booking opens at 1pm on Tuesday 15 October.

Add a pre-signed copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane illustrated edition (Headline Publishing) to your order for the reduced price of £16 (RRP £20). Offer only available at time of ticket booking.

Further The Ocean at the End of the Lane Talks and Events include:

Childhood Memories: Recall and Imagination Mon 16 Dec, 6pm
Making the Show: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Tue 21 Jan, 2pm
Director Katy Rudd and Adapter Joel Horwood Fri 24 Jan, 6pm
Creating the Puppets for The Ocean at the End of the Lane Sat 25 Jan, 11.30am


based on the novel by Neil Gaiman

adapted by Joel Horwood.

Previews in the Dorfman Theatre from 3 December, press night 11 December, playing until 25 January

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American GodsCoralineStardust and the Sandman series, will play in the Dorfman over Christmas.

A modern myth about the childhood truths that swim beneath our adult selves, adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this adventure will excite, unsettle and thrill those brave enough to face its hidden depths.

Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his eleventh birthday, when his dad was struggling to make ends meet and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean… Plunged into a magical world, Alex and Lettie’s survival depends on their ability to reckon with dark, ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

Adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, the set designer is Fly Davis, with costume and puppet design by Samuel Wyer, movement direction by Steven Hoggett, composition by Jherek Bischoff, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Ian Dickinson and puppetry by Finn Caldwell.

Cast includes: Samuel Blenkin, Jade Croot, Fred Davis, Owain Gwynn, Pippa Nixon, Justin Salinger, Jeffrey Sangalang, Marli Siu, Josie Walker, and Jess Williams.

Suitable for ages 12+, with half price tickets available for under-18s. In previews from Tuesday 3 December, with a press night on Wednesday 11 December, playing until Saturday 25 January.