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A Monster Calls

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An Old Vic production in association with Bristol Old Vic


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

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum's very sick and she's not getting any better. His grandmother can't stop interfering and the kids at school won't look him in the eye.

Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster, ancient and wild, 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.

A Monster Calls, the extraordinary and heartbreaking novel by Patrick Ness - now an international bestseller and major motion picture - is brought to the stage for the first time in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty).

On publication, A Monster Calls became a firm favourite with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss, hope and healing. It garnered huge critical acclaim, including an unprecedented double win of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children's literature and illustration (Jim Kay, Harry Potter).

A Monster Calls

31 May - 16 Jun
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Selected Thu & Sat mats)

Running Time TBC

Creative Team
Based on the novel by Patrick Ness
Inspired by an original idea by Siobhan Dowd
Devised by the Company
Directed by Sally Cookson

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Access Performances 

Signed performance Sat 9 Jun, 2.30pm
Captioned performance Fri 15 Jun, 7.30pm
Audio described performance Sat 16 Jun, 2.30pm with touch tour 12.30 midday

Ticket Offers

Groups of 10+ £4 off all ticket prices (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 20+ £4 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 50+ £7 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)

£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
25% off tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per friend

In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our Front of House entrance on King Street into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day-Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our temporary Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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