'Bringing together the country's finest creative talents including Tom E. Lewis (The Chant of Jimmy 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.'
Source: www.malthousetheatre.com.au (Sighted 12/09/2012).
First performed October 2012 by Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Festival (2012) in association with Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival & Brisbane Festival.
Presented at the Malthouse Workshop from 8 - 27 October 2013.
Associate Director: Isaac Drandich.
Music Consultant: Iain Grandage.
Lighting Designer: Paul Jackson.
Props and Costume Designer: Ruby Langton-Batty.
Dramaturg: Marion Potts.
Cast: Tom E. Lewis, Jimi Bani, Natasha Wanganeen, Rarriwuy Hick, Jada Alberts, Frances Djulibing, Kamahi Djordon King, and Djamangi Gaykamangu.
In 2015, a season at London's Barbican Centre (22 June to 2 July 2016) was announced, as part of the program to mark the 400th year since Shakespeare's death.
The London season includes the same cast as the Australian season: Tom E. Lewis, Jimi Bani, Natasha Wanganeen, Rarriwuy Hick, Jada Alberts, Frances Djulibing, Kamahi Djordon King, and Djamangi Gaykamangu.