Theatre, Circus, Dance

Malthouse Theatre

The Shadow King


24 Feb-1 March 2014

Co-created by Michael Kantor and Tom E. Lewis
Directed by Michael Kantor


The cast is excellent. The band ... are incredible; the interweaving of songs and soundscapes conjure a sort of wild magic. HERALD SUN

A powerful melding of Shakespearean and contemporary Aboriginal storytelling, The Shadow King recasts King Lear as a sprawling, blood-soaked tale of two Indigenous families in Australia’s north, questioning our understanding of kinship, land and belonging.

In this major Perth Festival co-commission, director Michael Kantor and actor Tom E. Lewis collaborate with an extraordinary creative team and cast including Jada Alberts, Jimi Bani, Selwyn Burns, Frances Djulibing, Rarriwuy Hick, Damion Hunter, Kamahi Djordan King, Natasha Wanganeen and Bart Willoughby, to craft an epic piece of Australian drama, theatre of a scale and significance to match the land upon which it is made.

Artist Talk
Wed 26 Feb, post-show

You can view the program here.

Show duration: 1hr 45min no interval
Wed 26: Audio Description
Thurs 27: Captioned Session
Performed in English, Kriol, Gupapuyngu, Yumpla Tok, Kala Lagaw Ya, Baard


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals – Perth International Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival.


24 Feb-1 March 2014
Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Mon 24 Feb, 7:30pm
Tue 25 Feb, 7:30pm
Wed 26 Feb, 7:30pm
Thur 27 Feb, 7:30pm
Fri 28 Feb, 7:30pm
Sat 1 March, 1:30pm
Sat 1 March, 7:30pm


Premium $69.50
Premium - Friends $65.50
A Reserve $62.50
A Reserve - Friends $57.50
A Reserve - Conc $59
B Reserve $45
B Reserve - FT Student (U30) $25

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