What Did Critics Think of London's A Monster Calls? | Playbill

The Verdict What Did Critics Think of London's A Monster Calls? Patrick Ness' novel has been adapted for the stage in a production currently playing the Old Vic.
Cast of A Monster Calls Manuel Harlan

This Old Vic presentation of A Monster Calls, based on the novel by Patrick Ness, officially opened at the London Venue July 17. Performances will continue through August 25.

A Monster Calls tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy named Conor as he struggles with family and social issues. His father moved to the United States, his mother is extremely ill, his grandmother continues to interfere, and he has no friends at school. One night, a monster comes to his window, and Conor is forever changed by the encounter.

Read the reviews below.

The Evening Standard (Fiona Mountford)

The Guardian (Michael Billington)

Independent (Paul Taylor)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski)

The Times (Dominic Maxwell)

Playbill will continue to update this list as more reviews come in.

The cast includes Hammed Animashaun (Amadeus), Nandi Bhebhe (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Selina Cadell (Humble Boy), Matt Costain (La Strada), Georgia Frost (The Taming of the Shrew), Stuart Goodwin (La Strada), Felix Hayes (Vice Versa), Jonathan Holby (A Tale of Two Cities), John Leader (Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Reimagining), Marianne Oldham (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead), Matthew Tennyson (Making Noise Quietly) and Witney White (Loserville).

The production, directed by Sally Cookson, features sets by Michael Vale, costuems by Katie Sykes, original music by Benji Bower, lighting by Aideen Malone, and sound design by Mike Beer.

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