About the show
Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls arrives on the stage at London’s The Old Vic.
Director Sally Cookson and her company adapt Patrick Ness’s internationally celebrated book, A Monster Calls, for the stage. The award-winning story is a favourite with children and adults, and has previously been adapted into a film. Vividly recreating the feelings of loss, love and healing, A Monster Calls contains the seeds of a timeless story capable of speaking to generation after generation.
Conor, a 13-year-old boy, is trying to cope with his dad moving away to America. Things are basically going OK, until Conor’s mum gets sick and then doesn’t get better. His world becomes dominated by an overly-anxious grandmother and the conspicuous absence of his school friends.
One night, at seven minutes past midnight, a mysterious visitor comes to see Conor. The bizarre beast describes to Conor the story of his life until now. When the monster finishes talking, it is Conor’s turn to both share and face his ultimate fears.
Matthew Tennyson plays Conor, while Stuart Goodwin plays Monster. Hammed Animashaun, Nandi Bhebhe, Selina Cadell, Matt Costain, Georgia Frost, Felix Hayes, Jonathan Holby, John Leader, Marianne Oldham and Witney White complete the cast.
Before arriving in London, A Monster Calls premieres at the Bristol Old Vic. The regional powerhouse of a theatre has worked with Sally Cookson on several occasions. These include her joyfully inventive productions of Peter Pan and Jane Eyre, which later transferred to the National Theatre.
Cookson has gained a well-earned reputation for bravely creative stagings of classic stories, including many plays aimed specifically at children.
Suitable for audience members aged 10 and over.
A Monster Calls runs from 7 July – 25 August 2018 at The Old Vic.
Map & Location
The Old Vic
103 The CutWaterlooSE1 8NB