The King and I

DESCRIPTION

We were happy to present The King and I as our 1998 production. With the addition of 26 junior members playing the royal children the cast set a new ticket selling record – the show was a complete sell out! The show was particularly acclaimed for its lush scenery, its dramatic direction and the very well presented ballet sequence. This year was also significant for the club as we recruited a large number of members to our adult cast – some of whom remain as members today! Theatre Guild presented the Glasgow Amateur Premier of The King and I back in 1961.

 

SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Anna Leonowens journeys to Siam with her son Louis to take up the position of Governess and Tutor to the King’s many children. They are met by the Kralahome, the King’s senior advisor and Anna insists that the King’s promise of a separate house is kept.

Some weeks later the King recieves Lun Tha, an emmissary from Burma, who has brought him a gift of a girl, Tuptim. On their journey Lun Tha and Tuptim have fallen in love. Anna is introduced to the King who makes it clear that Anna will do his bidding, living in the palace and teaching his wives and children. Anna is determined to leave but is enchanted by the children and remains.

Anna’s western teachings soon revolutionise Palace thinking. Despite the King’s initial brusqueness he is willing to learn. He is keen that his heir, Prince Chululongkorn is ready to govern. However, his own traditional views about women come to the fore when he tells Anna she is his servant. She decides to leave before she becomes too attached to the children.

The Kralahome and Lady Thiang, the King’s head wife, conspire to bring the King and Anna back together again, principally for political gain as the British Ambassador, Sir Edward Ramsay, is on his way. The King and Anna agree to present Tuptim’s play to the guests and he finally concedes Anna the house she desires.

Lun Tha and Tuptim decide to elope after the play but Tuptim is captured and Lun Tha is found dead. Anna defies the King who finds himself unable to flog Tuptim, but this demonstration of tradition is too much for Anna and she again resolves to leave. Some months later as Anna prepares to board a ship Lady Thiang brings a letter from the King, who is now dying, and Anna arrives in time to effect a reconcilliation. She also witnesses the effect her teachings have had on Chululonkorn, the new King. The King dies and Anna, kneeling beside him, takes his lifeless hand and kisses it.

The timeless score includes “I Whistle A Happy Tune”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Getting To Know You”, “Something Wonderful” and “Shall We Dance”.

 

VENUE

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Mitchell Theatre
6 Granville Street, Charing Cross
Glasgow
G3 7DR
United Kingdom
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CAST

Captain Orton Les Hooper
Louis Leonowens 1 Andrew Shearer
Louis Leonowens 2 Christopher Maclean
Anna Leonowens Suzanne Lowe
Interpreter Cameron Lowe
The Kralahome Wilson Paterson
The King David Brown
Phra Alack Craig Lundie
Lun Tha Alan Orr
Tuptim Heather Dalrymple
Lady Thiang Moira McLeod
Prince Chululongkorn 1 Derek Martin
Prince Chululongkorn 2 Mathew Hall
Princess Ying Yaowlack 1 Emma Knox
Princess Ying Yaowlack 2 Elise Mulford
Sir Edward Ramsay Peter Blair

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Iain Fraser
Musical Director Gerry Devlin
Choreographer Rita Jane Kinloch
Rehearsal Pianist Gerry Devlin
Stage Director Alistair Wylie
Stage Manager Liz McGoldrick
Properties Jim Watt
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Louise Begg
Professional Services
Set Scenic and Property Hire, Wales
Costume Midland Costume, Crewe

 

MEDIA

Click the links below to see excerpts from the Show Programme: