A Monster Calls, The Old Vic

A Monster Calls at The Old Vic Theatre

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Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to The Old Vic stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson.

On publication, A Monster Calls became a bestseller with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing. It garnered huge critical acclaim, including an unprecedented double win of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children’s literature and illustration.

An Old Vic production in association with Bristol Old Vic. This production will run at Bristol Old Vic from 31 May–16 Jun 2018.

A Monster Calls will run from 7 July 2018 until 25 August 2018 at the Old Vic Theatre.


‘Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?’

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye.

Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.


To be announced.


Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd, devised by The Old Vic Company and written by Adam Peck.

Directed by Sally Cookson with set by Michael Vale, costume by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, sound by Mike Beer, projection by Dick Straker, movement by Dan Canham and composed by Benjo Bower.

Important Notes

Age restrictions: Suitable for 10+ Audio Described Performance - Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 7.30pm Captioned Performance - Thursday 16 August 2018 at 7.30pm

Performance Schedule

Theatre Information

The Old Vic
Address: Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Underground: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

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