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Old Vic Theatre, London5.018 reviews
‘Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?’

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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.

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.


Additional Information

Age restriction

Children under 10 will not be admitted.

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

7 July – 25 August 2018


Recommended for ages 10 and above.

Venue Information

Old Vic TheatreThe Cut, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB

Customer Reviews

18 reviews5.0

Louise Barry23rd August

A great emotional performance by some wonderful actors. It was so creative and clever, we absolutely loved it. We were sat right at the very back but the view was no problem and we were still drawn into the story.

Sue22nd August

This show is amazing! I haven't been so impressed at a London theatre for a very long time! The characters were portrayed very well - especially the relationship between Monster and Conor and Conor and his Grandma - but all were good. I know the book well and use it in my therapy work with young people so it was a transforming experience seeing it brought to life! Congratulations also to the set and sound design which are so important in an ensemble. A very big thank you - my only sadness is that it ends on Saturday. Dr Sue Jennings

gssftl16th August

An amazing piece of theatre, brilliantly staged and convincingly acted. There were many a teary eye by play’s end.

jill Berliand16th August

I think it is one of the best theatre productions I have ever seen. I go regularly to the theatre and have seen many productions but this one will live with me. I didn’t know what to expect and was gripped and enthralled from the start. Congratulations to the actors, the author and the production team. Absolutely memorable both cerebral and emotional

Christopher14th August

Amazing adaptation of a story that you might imagine wouldn't translate easily to the stage. Tangible emotional performances. Still reeling!

Cal McCrystal11th August

It was a masterpiece. A beautiful fusion of imagination and simplicity. A gripping story told with clarity and passion. Best thing I’ve seen in a while.

Marko Strle11th August

One of the best shows ever. Emotional, contemplative, a highlite of creativity.

Pippa Stevens10th August

My father died when I was 13 - this show was so validating of my confused emotions that it was amazingly cathartic even 40 years on! Beautifully acted, great staging - serious theatre at its best.


Absolutely stunning. The set and the way the monster was depicted were beyond my expectations. I was incredibly moved by the story which was aided immensely by the beautiful music. The actors were stunning!

Joan Núñez9th August

Really nice theater, seats, service and performance.

Katy Akele8th August

Beautiful and powerful, physical and subtle. Still re-running it in my mind.

Ivy Sharp6th August

This is a superb play.I watched the film last year and was interested to see how it would transfer to the stage. I wasn't disappointed! I attended a matinee performance and was pleased to see that it was well attended. I had a rear,circle seat, where I had an unrestricted view. I could hear every word. I was not alone in being moved to tears. The actors received a standing ovation, which, in my opinion, was richly deserved. This performance ticked every box for me. I loved the versatile use of physical props and I thought the music,particularly sensitively chosen. Visual and sound effects wholly enhanced the production. I was totally absorbed.