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Malthouse Lear Bound For Barbican

Date: 15 April 2015

Malthouse Theatre’s adaptation of King Lear, The Shadow King, will feature in the London Barbican’s 2016 season, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

The announcement came in the final week of Marion Potts tenure as Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director. ‘Increasing the company’s international footprint has always been a core focus of mine, so I am delighted I have been able to make this announcement in my final week,’ Potts says. ‘It’s fantastic to see one of our proudest achievements taking on the international stage.’

The Shadow King has been acclaimed as one of the finest Shakespeare adaptations in Australia in recent years.

First staged in 2013 at the Melbourne Festival, the play was adapted by Michael Kantor and Tom E. Lewis, who also plays the title role. The contemporary retelling of Shakespeare speaks to the tangled legacy of Indigenous Australia in a sprawling combination of modern English, Aboriginal languages, Kriol, music and dance.

The London tour is possible thanks to the support of Lonely Planet founders Maureen and Tony Wheeler.

Read more on the Barbican website

The Shadow King: Tom E Lewis as Lear.

The Shadow King: Tom E Lewis as Lear.

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