One of the most eagerly anticipated dramas of the year – National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane – is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal for ascintillating two week run (Tue 11 – Sat 22 Jul 2023).

Based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship and has been dazzling audiences up and down the country on the largest tour mounted by the National Theatre since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charlie Brooks, known to millions for her role as Janine Butcher in the long running BBC soap EastEnders, will be playing Ursula. Her theatre credits include Beautiful Thing and A Streetcar Named Desire and she was crowned Queen of the Jungle on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2012.

The cast includes Wallsend-born actor Trevor Fox (Dad) alongside Daniel Cornish (alternate Boy),Emma-Jane Goodwin (understudy), Paolo Guidi (ensemble), Millie Hikasa (Lettie Hempstock), Lewis Howard (understudy), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Ginnie Hempstock), Ronnie Lee (ensemble), Aimee McGoldrick (ensemble), Laurie Ogden (Sis), Keir Ogilvy (Boy), Domonic Ramsden (ensemble), Joe Rawlinson-Hunt (understudy), Risha Silvera(understudy) and Finty Williams (Old Mrs Hempstock).

Neil Gaiman is known for his graphic novels, including The Sandman series (a major new Netflix series which in its first 10 days was watched for over 198 million hours by audiences around the world); his novels for adults and children including StardustCoraline, 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 1.2 million copies worldwide. This first major stage adaptation of his work 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.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Tue 11 – Sat 22 Jul 2023. Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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