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

From the novel by Patrick Ness
Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
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


Event Details

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

Socially distanced performances: 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.

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