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A breathtaking theatrical adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls is the confluence of a teenager’s reality with fairytale fantasy. Experience a magical two-hour performance that explores dark themes, reeling you in to the lead character’s grief.

Why Watch A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is a best-selling novel that won both the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals. After the incredible success of the National Theater productions, Jane Eyre and Peter Pan, Sally Cookson brings Patrick Ness’ best selling story to life.

Matthew Tennyson’s performance as Conor is absolutely breathtaking, and the audience is able to feel the grief and despair of the main character through his touching performance. From his dropped shoulders, to his impassive ramble, Tennyson absolutely nails the character’s mood. Cookson knows exactly how to take the story along, and you can see Conor transform from an unsure and frightened teenager to an adult who slowly begins to understand that life isn’t black and white.

The Story

Thirteen year old Conor lives with his mum and grandmother. His father moved to America, and all seemed to be going well, until his mum fell very sick. Unfortunately, it’s cancer, and she isn't getting much better. In addition to this, his grandmother won’t stop meddling in his affairs and the kids at school no longer look him in the eye or talk to him. Despite all this, Conor’s mom is still her usual upbeat self. With his dad not in the picture, Conor is unsure of what he must do, and feels helpless that he is unable to help his mother.

One night, seven minutes after the clock strikes 12, Conor is awoken by something standing near the window. He is immediately alert, and on close inspection, finds that it is a monster, albeit unlike the typical monster portrayed in books and television. It enters Conor’s room, and tells him tales that talk about ambivalence of human nature. Thus begins an emotional story about love and loss that will leave you in tears.

Good for

Date night | Kids | Family audiences

Critics Reviews

“Sally Cookson delivers an exhilarating production of Patrick Ness’s story about a lonely boy coping with grief, bullying and a monster in a yew tree.”
-The Guardian

“Mightily stirring account of a boy's refuge from grief.”

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday to Saturday 7.30 PM
Wednesday and Saturday 2.30 PM

2 hours and 5 mins, with one 20-minute intermission

Leading Roles
Matthew Tennyson as Conor
Stuart Goodwin as The Monster
Marianne Oldham as the Mother
Selina Cadell as the Grandmother

Directed by
Sally Cookson

Music by
Benji Bower

Additional Information

Kids under the age of 10 are not allowed in the theater.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar
Coat Check

The Old Vic Theatre has a seating capacity of 1004.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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