The King of Taking

Presented by A Mulled Whine Productions & Kallo Collective


Roll out the royal red carpet! One is cordially invited to the Australian premiere of Thom Monckton’s newest physical comedy.

Allergic to normal flooring, a childish and petulant King can only walk on red carpet - and cannot move without an effective fanfare. You are hereby summoned to the royal grounds where this King callously barrels towards his own destruction.

A brand-new show from acclaimed physical comedy performer Thom Monckton (The Pianist), The King of Taking boasts circus, mime, and a whole lot of velvet.

Following rollicking performances across New Zealand - you will be among the very first loyal Australian subjects of this royally riotous new show.

Tickets available through HSTBO the Holden Street Theatres Box Office and adelaidefringe.com.au

Previous Praise for The King of Taking

“It’s fun. It’s really, really fun. We’re comfortable, we’re in stitches, this guy is great.” - Art Murmurs

"Masterful miming and a theatre full of laughter" - Theatreview

"played to perfection [with] many impressive acrobatic feats, body contortions, and tableaux poses ... The King of Taking is incredible" - Theatre Scenes

"Electric, Monty Python-esque, hilarious”Art Murmurs

Cast Biography

Thom Monckton was born in rural Patea, South Taranaki in New Zealand. He trained for two years at the Christchurch circus school CircoArts and two years at the physical theatre school Lecoq in Paris. He now splits his time between Finland and New Zealand. Previous works The Artist, The Pianist, Only Bones v1.0, and Moving Stationery have received many accolades and riotous applause:

Most Outstanding Performer – Wellington Theatre Awards, 2021
Best in Fringe – New Zealand Fringe Festival, 2019
Best in Fringe – Auckland Fringe Festival, 2019
Total Theatre Award for Best Circus Show – Edinburgh Fringe, 2014
Grant Tilly Award for Actor of the Year – Wellington Theatre Awards, 2012
Best in Fringe – New Zealand Fringe Festival, 2012
Best Theatre – New Zealand Fringe Festival, 2012

Monckton is a master in the art of laughter with his timeless works touring for years at a time across the world. Be among the very first to catch his brand-new comedy The King of Taking


The King of Taking
by Thom Monckton

Performed by Thom Monckton
with Tess Sullivan

Set & Costume Design – Gemma Tweedie
Light Design – Lucas Neal
Sound Design – Amanda Maclean
Technical Operation – Niamh Campbell-Ward

Set Build – Lucas Neal
Costume Build – Victoria Gridley
Sound Build – Oliver Devlin & Niamh Campbell-Ward
Environmental Consultant – Heleen de Boever

Produced by Eleanor Strathern & Thom Monckton

The King of Taking



Genre: Theatre & Physical Theatre

Origin: NZ

Rating: PG

Duration: 60 min

Season: Fringe 2023

Dates: 14 Feb - 5 Mar


14 -15 Feb @ 6:00pm (Previews)
15 Feb @ 2:00pm (Previews)
16 Feb @ 6:00pm (Official Opening Night)


17-19 Feb @ 6:00pm
21-26 Feb, 28 Feb @ 7:30pm
26 Feb @ 1:00pm
1-4 Mar @ 9.00pm
4-5 Mar @ 4:30pm

General Admission: $34.00
Concession: $29.00
Group (6+): $32.00
Fringe Member: $17.00
BankSA Cardholder: $25.50

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Studio

32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.

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HST is incredibly excited to present a safe and secure experience at the theatre. To ensure public safety we encourage social distancing and good hygiene practices. As and when restrictions are implemented by SA Health we will follow those guidelines. Only attend the event if you are feeling well, and If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please ensure you appropriate measures until you recover.

If you are unable to attend your event please call 8225 8888 or email manager@holdenstreettheatres.com to discuss your ticketing options.

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