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A Monster Calls

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Running time: Act 1: 1 hour 5 mins, Interval: 20 mins, Act 2: 55 mins

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Age Guidance: 10+
Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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Based on the novel by Patrick Ness
Inspired by an original idea by Siobhan Dowd

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

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought vividly to life offering a dazzling insight into love, life and healing.

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved away. 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.

This truthful, hopeful and human story is beautifully told by a large ensemble cast through imaginative staging, combining physical theatre and digital projections alongside an original musical score performed live on stage.

Supported by Arts Council England through a National Lottery Project Grant award

Royal Members
£9.50 off £34.50 & £32 tickets on Tuesday 7.30pm performance.
Save up to £8 on Stalls & Upper Circle tickets on Wednesday – Thursday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm performances.

Under 26s
All Stalls & Upper Circle tickets just £20. Available on Tuesday – Thursday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm performances.

School Groups
All Stalls & Upper Circle tickets just £15. Available on Tuesday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm performances. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 721 0622 to book.

Groups of 10+
All Stalls & Upper Circle tickets just £26.50 on bookings of 10 or more, with one free ticket for every 20 seats booked. Available on Tuesday – Thursday 7.30pm & Wednesday 2pm performances. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 721 0622 to book.

Concessions are not available in the Balcony, or on Friday 7.30pm or Saturday 2.30pm & 7.30pm performances.

'Heartbreaking, spectacular, soaring, a monster hit'

The Times

'Extraordinarily moving'

The Independent

'Reality meets fairytale fantasy... exhilarating'

The Sunday Times

'Two stirring and spellbinding hours'

The Daily Telegraph

Post-Show Discussion
Thursday 20 February
Free of charge, no booking required
Join us for a 30 minute Q&A with the cast following the performance

Creating the Monster: Page to Stage Workshop
Wednesday 19 February 11am – 12.30pm
Free Admission – Booking Required

This 1 hour 30 minutes hour practical workshop allows participants to explore the role of the monster in the play. It will provide an opportunity for students to explore a number of vocal activities around passages of text. The participants will then work in groups to bring the monster to life, applying choral voice work and breath.

The practical element of the workshop is followed by a 30 min introduction/post show Q&A on the play, with members of the cast and creative team.

Suitable for: Secondary School groups including GCSE/A Level who are attending the Wednesday 19 February matinee performance.

To book, please contact our Box Office team on 0115 989 5555.


The Monster Challenge

Are you a young person with a passion for telling stories? Do you feel the itch to grab a notebook and pen to respond to the world around you? Or do you know a young person aged 10-25 who loves creative writing? Don’t miss The Monster Challenge, a creative writing challenge seeking short stories from young people aged 10-25.

We are looking for the boldest, bravest and most creative short stories, so let your imaginations run wild!

The best stories submitted will be selected and narrated by members of the cast in a series of videos posted on social media.

For full details about the challenge and how to enter, simply download the Monster Challenge Pack and submit your story before Thursday 13 February.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a pen and go. Run with it. Make trouble…

Download the Monster Challenge Pack
Submit your story