Malthouse Theatre | Australia


"Our temples are built in the ground. Our castles are in the dirt. We ourselves are written in the stars" Tom E. Lewis


Co-Created by Tom E. Lewis & Michael Kantor
Directed by Michael Kantor
Producer Jo Porter 


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

Bringing together the country's finest creative talents including performers 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.


The Shadow King cast also includes Jada Alberts, Selwyn Burns, Frances Djulibing, Rarriwuy Hick, Damion Hunter, Kamahi Djordon King, Natasha Wanganeen and Bart Willoughby.

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.


Full cast and credits

Photo: Robert Frith
Art Direction: Chase & Galley

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