Adelaide Festival 28 February - 16 March 2014

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The Shadow King

Malthouse Theatre


Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy King Lear is an unmatched epic of connection, country, land, justice and despair. Now skillfully redefined asThe Shadow King, this contemporary retelling speaks to the tangled legacy of Indigenous Australia in a sprawling combination of modern English, Aboriginal languages, Kriol, music and dance. A majestic performance featuring some of the brightest lights in Australian performing arts.



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Wed 5 Mar 8pm
Thu 6 Mar 8pm
Fri 7 Mar 8pm
Sat 8 Mar 2pm & 8pm

1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)


A Reserve $69, Friends $59
B Reserve $59, Friends $50
Concession $50
Fringe Benefits $30

For Fringe Benefits bookings, please call BASS on 131 246.


Contains smoking on stage.

Access Details

Wheelchair Access Audio Description Touch tour

Touch tour: 7 Mar 7pm
Audio description: 7 Mar 8pm


Co-created by: Michael Kantor and Tom E. Lewis
Producer: Jo Porter
Associate Producer Jason Tamiru
Production Manager David Miller
Director: Michael Kantor
Associate Director: Melodie Reynolds-Diarra

Set Design Paul Jackson, Michael Kantor & David Miller
Costume & Props Design Ruby Langton Batty
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Music Consultant Iain Grandage
Musical Arrangements and Direction John Rodgers
Dramaturgy Marion Potts
Stage Manager Lisa Osborn
Touring Mechanist Andy Moore
Sound Engineer Alistair Stobo

Performers: Jada Alberts, Jimi Bani, Frances Djulibing, Rurriwuy Hick, Damion Hunter, Kamahi Djordon King, Tom E. Lewis, and Natasha Wanganeen
Band: Selwyn Burns, Djakapurra Munyarryun and Bart Willoughby

Presented by Adelaide Festival and Malthouse Theatre. 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, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and Sydney Festival

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