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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane heads to Liverpool Empire from the West End


The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane will tour the UK and Ireland later this year, direct from the West End, visiting the Liverpool Empire from Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 6th May 2023.

The first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work is billed as a “thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, 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.”

The plot

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.

What writer Neil Gaiman says

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about memory, magic, family. It’s about who you were and who you are. It’s not like anything else I’ve ever been involved in. It’s not like anything else you’ll ever see at the theatre. The Ocean at the End of the Lane has its own theatrical magic. It’s why happy people tell you that they cried while watching it, it’s why it becomes a dreamlike experience in memory, it gets bigger the further inside you follow it. Like a duck pond that contains an ocean that holds the universe…”

Neil Gaiman is known for his graphic novels, including The Sandman series (with a major new Netflix series scheduled for release in 2022); his novels for adults and children including Stardust, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book; and multiple film and television projects including Good Omens and Anansi Boys. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was the winner of the Book of the Year at the 2013 National Book Awards and has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is suitable for ages 12+.

To book tickets

Tickets go on sale to TheatreCard members from 10am, Thursday 19th May 2022. Tickets go on general sale from 10am, Friday 20th May 2022 and will be available from

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