The Legend of King O'Malley

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The Legend of King O'Malley
Written by Bob Ellis
Michael Boddy
Characters King O'Malley
Date premieredAugust 1970
Place premieredJane Street Theatre
Original languageEnglish

The Legend of King O'Malley is a 1970 Australian musical play by Bob Ellis and Michael Boddy about politician King O'Malley.

The original production was held at Jane Street Theatre in Randwick, Sydney, and starred Robyn Nevin and Kate Fitzpatrick. It was directed by John Bell [1] and was heavily revised throughout rehearsals. [2]

It was a big success, commercially and critically, and toured Australia. It has since been much revived. According to Ellis, the play was responsible for helping revive Australian theatre. [2] [3]

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  1. Original production details at AusStage
  2. 1 2 Leslie Rees, Australian Drama in the 1970s, Angus & Robertson, 1978 p 17-22
  3. 'BOB ELLIS – A WISE OLD ROMANTIC FOOL' George Negus Tonight, 10 June 2004