The Young King

Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

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 internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

You are cordially invited to participate in the coronation celebrations for The Young King. Please arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the advertised performance start time for the pre-show coronation celebrations.

Wed 14 Nov
30 mins pre-show from 9.45am (10.15am show time)
30 min pre show from 1.15pm (1.45pm show time)
30 min pre-show from 6.00pm (6.30pm show time)

Thu 15 Nov 
30 mins pre-show from 9.45am (10.15am show time)
30 min pre-show from 1.15pm (1.45pm show time)

Family Ticket: Save £4 on the purchase of 4 tickets. Must include a minimum of one adult.

Babe in arms: For productions that are not created for or aimed at babies we offer a free babes in arms ticket for those under 12 months old. A ticket is still required and is subject to availability. Please call the Box Office on 01325 405 405 to book this ticket.

Please note that this show contains lighting effects, haze and smoke effects.

Slingsby is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

““The attention to detail is phenomenal…. The Young King is charming, majestic and utterly delightful and a beautiful jewel in the Festival crown.””

Gordon Forester, Limelight

““Anyone who has been to a show by local theatre company Slingsby knows that they create magical, intelligent and whimsical theatre for audiences young and old. So it’s with high expectations that I head into their latest show, for the Adelaide Festival, Oscar Wilde’s The Young King…. From the get-go, the experience is intimate and immersive…. Overton shines as the young king, exuding innocence and warmth, and his more powerful scenes near the end are tear-inducing. He is joined by veteran actor Jacqy Phillips, who is mesmerising in her various roles.... 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

““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.… It is moving, affecting storytelling that has to be experienced to be understood. A beautiful experience for all ages, The Young King offers twists and turns to a raw and beautiful end. A must-see piece of immersive theatre"”

Sarah Jean, Trev

““Every element of this delightful production excites the eye, stirs the mind and touches the heart"”

Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle

Meet the stars

Production Credits

Andy Packer


Nicki Bloom


Jacqy Phillips


Tim Overton


Quincy Grant

Composer and Musician

Geoff Cobham

Lighting Designer

Wendy Todd


Hannah McCarthy-Oliver

Education Consultant