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This show closed on August 25, 2018

About A Monster Calls

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.

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This fantastical, family drama focuses on 13-year-old Connor, who is struggling to cope with not only the school bully, but also his mother’s terminal illness. His grandmother’s attempts at helping are only making things harder, and Connor is at a loss at what to do. At this difficult time in his life, one night, a monster arrives one night to teach him some important lessons and help him face up to his biggest fears. Caught between childhood and everything that lies beyond, Connor must find courage within, finding inspiration in the thing that should frighten him most. This coming of age story battles with themes of acceptance, relationships, love and loss and is perfect for the whole family. Catch this thrilling adaptation of a bestselling novel and critically acclaimed film, at the Old Vic for 6 weeks only this summer.

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What To Watch For

  • “A Monster Calls” is co-production between The Old Vic and The Bristol Old Vic.
  • The script was devised through collaboration in the rehearsal room between the cast and the creative team through prompts and improvisation.
  • The story is based on the best-selling book by Patrick Ness and inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd.

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Run Time

2hrs 20min (incl. interval)

Start Date

End Date


Recommended for 10+

Packs an enormous emotional punch
Evening Standard
Extraordinarily moving
The Independent

Old Vic

The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

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