Get the summer holidays off to a roaring start with a morning of monstrous tales for the whole family. Authors and performers will read short stories from their own work and from their own favourite tales. Meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones with a selection of stories about monsters of all shapes and sizes. Book Old Vic tickets through our trusted official partner Tickets.

Poet and children’s author Joseph Coelho (Werewolf Club Rules!), illustrator, author and animation director Benji Davies (The Storm Whale), and actors Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline, or Change, Holby City) and Glenda Jackson (Three Tall Women, King Lear) are announced to perform in Monstrous Tales.

Please note while our main stage production A Monster Calls is for ages 10+, Monstrous Tales is aimed at younger children, with a 5+ age recommendation.

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Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to The Old Vic stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson.

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 won’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 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.

On publication, A Monster Calls became a bestseller with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss 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. This adaptation is suitable for adults and children aged 10+.

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Based on the novel by Patrick Ness
From the novel, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Devised by the company
Directed by Sally Cookson

Until Sat 25 Aug 2018
Mon–Sat: 7:30pm; Wed & Sat: 2:30pm
Additional matinee performance: Thu 19 Jul, 2.30pm
Press night: Tue 17 Jul, 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Tue 14 Aug, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 16 Aug, 7.30pm
Recommended age: 10+

TICKETS: £12, £16, £20, £25, £40, £50
Under 16s tickets half price on price bands A and B Mon–Thu including Wed mats
For a full list of concessions please see our website
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Monstrous Tales
Sat 28 Jul
Tickets: £6/£4 concessions

Voices Off: Making the Monster
Patrick Ness and Sally Cookson Q&A
Fri 20 Jul, 5pm
Tickets: £6/£5 concessions

Voices Off: Women’s Lives from 1918 - 2018: How Much Has Changed?
Discussion led by Helen Pankhurst
Thu 13 Sep, 5pm
Tickets: £6

Voices Off: Annie-B Parson and Emma Gladstone Q&A
Fri 28 Sep, 5pm
Tickets £6/ £5 concessions

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