The Pianist


Time & Venue
  • Previews: Aug 4-5
  • Shows: Aug 6-29
  • Days off: Aug 10, 15, 22
  • Starting time: 12.25
  • Show length: 60 min
  • Venue: Assembly Roxy Central
  • Venue address: 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU

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  • Performed by Thomas Monckton
  • Directed by Sanna Silvennoinen and Thomas Monckton
  • Sound design by Tuomas Norvio
  • Light design by Juho Rahijärvi
  • Costume design by Kati Mantere
  • Production by Circo Aereo and Show Pony
  • Premiered in Hämeenlinna Theater, Finland, 4th September 2013
  • Belinda Murphy


A comic solo performance by Thomas Monckton and Circo Aereo.

At the peak of high society entertainment sits The Pianist‘s pianist. Impeccable in every aspect he glides graciously through life never placing a foot out of step. He is, in a word: perfection. Or at least… that’s what he thinks.

The Pianist is a solo comic contemporary circus piece by Thomas Monckton (Moving Stationery) and Circo Aereo (Finland). The show is centered on, in, under, and around one of the most magnificent of all musical instruments, the grand piano. Accompanying this elegant apparatus is the poised pianist himself. Only he is so focused on impressing everyone that before he realises it, his show has transformed from the highbrow concert he hoped for into the spectacularly amusing catastrophe that is The Pianist. To salvage his somewhat unsalvageable dignity the pianist draws on his imagination and comes up with some rib-tickling and absurd results.

“Imaginative, inventive, and immaculately performed.”

“This is non-verbal physical theatre at its best. Succeeding on multiple levels, Monckton melds mime, clowning, circus and even magic to create a contemporary work that has huge appeal to audiences of all ages.”

“Something special… his ability to hold our attention and make us laugh is a masterclass in clowning.”


Circo Aereo is an international contemporary circus group from Finland. Circo Aereo is based in Finland and France but the troupe frequently performs around the world. Currently one of the most active Finnish groups in terms of performing abroad, Circo Aereo is among the flagships of Finnish cultural exports. In the past few years, Circo Aereo’s productions have been a major factor contributing to the rise of Finnish contemporary circus internationally. Active since 1996, the group has visited several distinguished festivals and theatres in around 30 countries. Circo Aereo’s barrier-breaking and open approach to the various forms of the performing arts mesmerises and astonishes audiences throughout the world.

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