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The Artist

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Please note, due to Covid-19 restrictions, audience capacity for this show has been reduced. We have added two more shows on Friday, October 22 to offset this. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


New Zealand’s answer to Mr Bean, but with more physical prowess!

Comedy and circus sensation Thom Monckton will knock you out with his physical theatre masterpiece about a nutty painter with an almighty creative block.  The Artist is a hilarious story without words, busting with hysterical clowning, acrobatics and wordless hi-jinks, all in the pursuit of creating art.

It goes a bit like this: An artist arrives at his paint-spattered studio ready to create a new work. He waits for inspiration. When it finally comes, things don’t proceed as he might wish. For this artist, chaos is unavoidable.

The Artist is perfect for anyone from 7 to 97 years old.

"Thomas Monckton is a comic genius." - The Dominion Post

This show runs for 60 minutes, with no interval. Please note there is a lockout for the first five minutes.

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Ticket Price

  A Reserve Adult$49
  B Reserve Concession$44
  B Reserve Adult$39
  B Reserve Concession$34


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