A Monster Calls

  • Main Auditorium
  • 24 March 2022 - 9 April 2022
  • Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Global Creatures present
    The Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic production

Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd
Adapted by Sally Cookson and Adam Peck and devised by the original company
Directed by Sally Cookson



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

Patrick Ness' piercing novel is brought vividly to life in this Olivier Award-winning production by visionary director Sally Cookson.

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved. But now his mum is sick and 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, 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.

From the critically acclaimed bestseller, A Monster Calls offers a dazzling insight into love, life and healing. 

This adaptation is suitable for adults and children aged 10+. 


★★★★★ 'A monster hit' - The Times

★★★★ 'Packs an enormous emotional punch' - Evening Standard

★★★★ 'A wondrous feat of group-devised communal story-telling' - The Independent

★★★★ 'Reality meets fairytale fantasy... exhilarating' - The Guardian



Mind in Kingston support sessions

We are proud to be partnering with Mind in Kingston during the run of A Monster Calls.

If you have been affected by any of the themes explored in this production, Mind in Kingston are offering support sessions at the Rose across the following matinee performances:

Thu 31 Mar, 14:00
Sun 03 Apr, 16:00
Tue 05 Apr, 14:00
Thu 07 Apr, 14:00

You can find the Mind in Kingston team at the circle bar in the interval and after the performance. Please do pop in and start a conversation.


2 for 1 Tickets - Love Your Local Theatre

Thanks to support from The National Lottery we are proud to introduce the Love Your Local Theatre campaign. Booking is now open.

Purchase a ticket for any performance of A Monster Calls throughout March and get another ticket free, courtesy of the National Lottery.

Simply enter the code ROSEEXTRA at checkout via our website, or quote this if booking over the phone via Box Office.

  • Valid on Band A to C tickets, and offer will only work on full price tickets.
  • Subject to availability - if the offer won't apply then allocation has run out.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or concession, and cannot be accessed by group bookings or school groups.
  • This promotion is available to anyone who is a National Lottery player and possesses a ticket or other proof of purchase for a National Lottery game. Please bring proof of purchase with you to the theatre.

For full T&Cs click here.


Event Details

Running Time: 2hrs 20mins incl. interval
Age Guidance: 10+

Guest night: Thursday 31 March, 7pm
Friends night: Friday 1 April, 6:30-7:30pm, Rose Café/Bar

Captioned performance: Thursday 7 April, 2pm
Socially distanced performance: Wednesday 6 April, 7pm
Having listened to the concerns of our loyal audiences, we have taken the decision to keep at least one performance socially distanced across key productions in our 21/22 Season. See our COVID-19 Secure web page for details.


The Rose is proud to be 'See it Safely' approved.           The Rose is proud to partner with Mind in Kingston.