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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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From the imagination of best-selling author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman) and the producers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse, it’s the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, is a five-star spectacular 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.

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.


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Important information

Ticket prices: £10 - £42

Age recommendation: 12+

All Friends – 1/2 price first night Drama
Friends  – 5% OFF
Best & Gold Friends – 10% OFF
U18s – £8 OFF Tue – Thu Mat & Eve
O60s – £5 OFF Midweek Matinee
Schools – £15 ticket Band B-D (Midweek Matinees, teachers and TA tickets FREE)

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 our Box Office at 01603 630 000

Prelude Restaurant

Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!



Norwich Theatre Royal - Auditorium | 2020


‘The National Theatre at its very best.’
Daily Telegraph

‘There’s nothing around to beat this thrillingly imaginative show.’
Mail on Sunday

‘Shows like this don’t come around very often.’
Time Out

‘Magic really does happen. A thrilling adaptation with a sense of wonder and visual dazzle.’
Evening Standard

‘A wondrous and moving night. An uplifting and awe-inspiring experience for adults young and old.’
Daily Express


Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

Getting here

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