The Young King

By Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

The Young King image by Andy Ellis

What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be heir to the kingdom. Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

Upcoming Season:
Sydney Opera House
7 – 12 November, 2017

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Duration 70 mins no interval
Suitable for 8+

Education Resources
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Creative Credits
Tim Overton Performer Jacqy Phillips Performer Quincy Grant Composer & Musician Nicki Bloom Playwright Andy Packer Director Wendy Todd Designer Geoff Cobham Lighting Designer Bob Weatherly Production Manager Catherine Turnbull Stage Manager Andy Ellis Illustrator & Graphic Designer Simon Hatcher, Catherine Bauer & Kate Potter Hughes Public Relations & Communication Counsel Hannah McCarthy-Oliver Education Advisor Jodi Glass Executive Producer
Production Snapshot

“The attention to detail is phenomenal…majestic and utterly delightful.”
Gordon Forester, Limelight

“Oh, Slingsby, you’ve done it again!”
David Grybowski, The Barefoot Review

"Beyond the immaculate work of each and every performer, everything from the music, to the props, to the artwork was, in and of itself, a work of immense beauty. A reworked version of the original script by Oscar Wilde, the new story is intricate, raw and magical. Enhanced by miniature puppets and shadow play, this is a performance whose stories will linger in your mind long after the final bow...A beautiful experience for all ages, ‘The Young King’ offers twists and turns to a raw and beautiful end."
Sarah Jean,

“Touching, powerful, memorable.”
Samantha Bond, Indaily

“…an immersive, otherworldly show, punctured with serious life lessons.”
Debbie Cuthbertson, Sydney Morning Herald

“It is possible to believe that we are characters in a great fairytale. A touching, meaningful and involved production.”
Daniel McLean, On Dit

“…will delight all and bring back magic and wonder through a truly excellent theatrical experience.”
Brian Godfrey, Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Slingsby’s beautifully staged adaptation of Wilde’s visionary parable has woven a spell that offers hope for a better world.”
Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle

"My expectations were not only met, but exceeded by this beautiful show. I was left feeling that not only had I experienced something truly special, but that the world is a better place for having a company like Slingsby in it."
Sky Harrison, Aspire Magazine

**** (4 stars) " inventive and immersive take on Oscar Wilde's dark fairytale."
Steph Harmon, The Guardian

**** (4 stars) "...The Young King feels like entering another world..." "An Adelaide Festival highlight, and a beautiful production for audiences aged eight to 80."
Richard Watts,

Touring History

Dates City Country Production Venue Festival
27 February 2016 - 19 March 2016 Adelaide Australia The Young King Former Dazzeland site, Level 5, Myer Centre Adelaide Adelaide festival of Arts
25 September 2015 - 25 September 2015 Adelaide Australia Paths Less Travelled R&D Showing Nexus Cabaret
29 September 2016 - 01 October 2016 Parramatta Australia The Young King Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Spot On Children's Festival
29 September 2016 - 01 October 2016 Parramatta Australia The Young King Riverside Theatres
07 November 2017 - 12 March 2017 Sydney Australia The Young King Studio, Sydney Opera House
The sun loved him and warmed him as he worked in the days, but at night the moon laughed at him as it took his castles out to sea