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About The Shadow King

The greatest of all epics about nation, is finally an epic about our nation.

Bringing together the country’s finest creative talents including Tom E. Lewis (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith) and Jimi Bani (Mabo) this majestic and physical reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear employs the timeless tragedy to speak to the history and current circumstances of Indigenous Australia. Working across cultures and generations, The Shadow King is unmissable theatre of a scale and significance to match the land upon which it is made.



Malthouse Theatre & Melbourne Festival present
in association with Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival & Brisbane Festival
Co-Created by Tom E. LewisMichael Kantor

Associate Director Isaac Drandic
Music Consultant Iain Grandage
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Props & Costume Design Ruby Langton-Batty
Dramaturg Marion Potts

Cast Includes Jada Alberts, Jimi Bani, Uncle Jack Charles, Frances Djulibing, Rarriwuy Hick, Tom E. Lewis, Natasha Wanganeen