About the showAcclaimed director Sally Cookson leads a visionary new stage adaptation of Patrick Ness’s beloved novel A Monster Calls. Presented in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, the production plays at London’s Old Vic Theatre for a limited summer season from July 2018.
A Monster Calls is the bestselling novel from author Patrick Ness, whose other works include Monsters of Men and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Winning acclaim from adults and children, the book went on to swipe both the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children’s literature and illustration.
Thirteen-year-old Conor has got on very well with his mum after his dad left them both to go and live in America. But suddenly, his mum has become very sick and she doesn’t seem to be getting better. With his grandmother sticking her nose in and the kids at school avoiding him, Conor is pretty much on his own.
But one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken up by something lurking at his window. It’s a monster who’s come to share his stories. And after he’s done, Conor will have to face up to his fears and confront his deepest, darkest worries.
Cast members include Hammed Animashaun as Anton, Nandi Bhebhe as Teacher, Selina Cadell as Grandmother, Georgia Frost as Sully, Stuart Goodwin as Monster, Felix Hayes as Dad, John Leader as Harry, Marianne Oldham as Mum, Matthew Tennyson as Conor and Witney White as Lily, as well as Matt Costain as an Ensemble member and Jonathan Holby as a Swing.
Sally Cookson directs, after previous success with the National Theatre’s Jane Eyre and La Strada at The Other Palace. Inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd, and devised by the company, the production features set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, sound by Mike Beer and projections by Dick Straker, with compositions by Benji Bower.
Guaranteed to be a haunting, magical performance, A Monster Calls is based on the realist novel of the same name that sees a young boy having to deal with grief, anger and painful loss. The production plays at the Old Vic Theatre London for a limited season, from July 17th to August 25th 2018, with previews beginning July 7th 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of Sally Cookson’s enchanting productions would be foolish to miss this collaboration, which brings to life a well-known novel.
A Monster Calls is suitable for those aged 10 and up.