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Thomas Monckton / Circo Aereo

24 - 27 Jan
Plexus Polaire
24 - 27 Jan

Southbank Centre's
Purcell Room

Thu 24 - Sun 27 Jan
Thu-Sat at 7.45pm
Sat & Sun at 3pm
London Premiere

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Tel: 020 3879 9555
60 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 7+

£18 (limited concessions available)
Transaction fees apply:
£3 online, £3.50 over the phone.
No transaction fees for in-person bookings,
Southbank Centre Members and Supporters Circles.

After-show discussion:
Sat 26 Jan after the 3pm Matinee

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An artist arrives in his paint-spattered studio ready to create a new work. He waits for inspiration. When it finally comes, things don’t proceed quite as he would wish. For this artist, every task is filled with challenges, until chaos is unavoidable.

The Artist follows Thom Monckton’s previous collaboration with Circo Aereo, The Pianist (LIMF2015), which has proved a smash hit with some 300 performances around the world. New Zealand-born Monckton trained in circus in Christchurch and at the Lecoq School in Paris, before moving to Helsinki where he now lives. He is co-founder and current artistic director of Kallo Collective, whose Only Bones featured at LIMF2017, and one of today’s most accomplished and inventive physical comedians.

Like The Pianist, this new show is co-designed by circus artist, choreographer and director of Circo Aereo, Sanna Silvennoinen.

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"The sense of invention and play is captivating for all ages. Monckton is a delight. It’s a show that’s never indulgent, the momentum never sagging in the build-up to a lovely denouement"

The Stage

"...embodies the art of laughter"

The Times


Thomas Monckton/Circo Aereo

(New Zealand/Finland)

This visit to London is supported by the
Finnish Institute in London / TelePART

Co-designed by Sanna Silvennoinen.
Production: Circo Aereo, Ateneum-sali
and Helsinki Festival.
photos © Antti Saukko