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

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.

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.

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.

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Cancellation Policy

No exchange or refund after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive an email confirmation please print for collection of tickets at the venue box office.

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 10 +

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic, The Cut London, SE1 8NB


4.9(28 reviews)
  • Chrissie

    Aug 20, 2018

    Took 10 x 16 year old , powerfully expressive with clever stagecraft of ropes and shadows. My 10 year old was fixated on watching the musicians x particularly the drummer! But Obviously enjoyed it as he laughed at the right bits. I was sobbing at the end ! Loved it

  • Amber

    Aug 18, 2018

    This is an amazing show which I was lucky enough to be recommended to see. It's probably one of the best things I've ever seen. The set, Stage, Chairs and Ropes conjured up everything that was needed. All the actors were brilliant, the music perfect and the Director!! Stunning!!

  • Lesley Nicholson

    Aug 13, 2018

    What a thought provoking and inspiring storyline that was incredibly delivered by the cast. The stage set was very creative as was the use of the properties. I was awestruck from the moment the show began to the very last. Congratulations need to be expressed to everyone involved in the production.

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