The Shadow King

A live onstage band, dynamic set design and widescreen video projections – The Shadow King is truly innovative retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear. Transposed to present day Australia, Lear is the leader of an Indigenous community - an immensely powerful and irresistibly charismatic performance by stage and screen actor Tom E Lewis. Rather than a peaceful retirement surrounded by a loving family, his becomes a spectacular fall with consequences coming at a fast and furious pace. The dynamic set design is ingenious and a live onstage band underscores the action. The land is an ever-present character, dominating the stage with spectacular widescreen video projections taking the audience from the suburbs to insanely wild landscapes and breath-taking skies that dwarf the tragic players. The total effect is haunting, leaving an indelible impression. Tom E Lewis played the title role in the 1978 Fred Schepsi film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and his documentary Yellow Fella was the first Australian Indigenous documentary to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival. The Shadow King won Michael Kantor 'Best Director' at Australia's prestigious Helpmann Awards. This is a once in lifetime creative endeavour and is surely unmissable for anyone looking for true innovation. Not suitable for under 12s. Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes, with no interval. Customers will receive a ticket with a face value of between £16-£38 subject to availability on the day. Performed in Modern English and Kriol languages.


Barbican, London

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