Charlie Brooks to star in the UK tour of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

Full casting for the National Theatre’s production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been announced today, with screen and stage actor Charlie Brooks joining the previously announced cast as Ursula and Jasmeen James joining as understudy. Charlie is best known for being a series regular in BBC’s EastEnders, and will be performing until 3 June 2023, with further dates to be announced.

They join Daniel Cornish (alternate Boy), Trevor Fox (Dad), 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).

Charlie Brooks’ theatre credits include Beautiful Thing (UK Tour and West End) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Leicester Curve). For TV she is a series regular in BBC’s EastEnders. She was winner of ITV’s primetime celebrity survival show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Alongside her stage and screen work, Charlie is the founder of iampro, an online drama school and creative hub. Jasmeen James previous theatre credits include Jekyll & Hyde schools tour for the National Theatre.

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 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 1.2 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.

Assisted Performances: Audio Described, Sign Language interpreted and Captioned performances are available at every venue. A Relaxed Performance has been added at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

Suggested Age Recommendation: 12+

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New Victoria Theatre, Woking 24 – 28 January

Leicester Curve 31 January – 11 February

Theatre Royal Plymouth 14 – 25 February

Sunderland Empire 28 February – 4 March

Theatre Royal Bath 7 – 18 March

Grand Opera House, Belfast 21 – 25 March

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 28 March – 1 April

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New Wimbledon Theatre 11 – 15 April

Edinburgh Festival Theatre 18 – 22 April

Liverpool Empire 2 – 6 May

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 9 – 20 May

The Alexandra, Birmingham 23 – 27 May

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 30 May – 3 June

Nottingham Theatre Royal 6 – 17 June

New Theatre Oxford 20 – 24 June

Milton Keynes Theatre 27 June – 1 July

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 4 – 8 July

Newcastle Theatre Royal 11 – 22 July

Marlowe Theatre Canterbury 25 – 29 July

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend 8 – 12 August

Bristol Hippodrome 15 – 19 August

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen 22 – 26 August

King’s Theatre, Glasgow 29 August – 2 September

Norwich Theatre Royal 5 – 9 September

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent 12 – 16 September

Hall for Cornwall, Truro 19 – 23 September

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 26 – 30 September