The Coral King

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The Coral King is a children's fantasy play in three acts by James Ambrose Brown.

The original text

Published by DALRO in 1978.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Hebrew.

Performance history in South Africa

1961: Performed in September at the Alexander Theatre. Directed by Minna Schneier, with Bess Finney ("Fleurette"), Sydney Witkin ("Napoleon"), Harry Hambleton ("The Octopus"), Roger Spence ("Pierre"), John Hayter ("Billiam Bones"), Dianna Harris ("Blue Cat"), Marjorie van Zyl ("The Mermaid"). Director of productions and set by Roy Cooke, costumes by Heather Macdonald-Rouse, music by Arthure Evans , Choreograpy of the ballet The Waves by Gwynne Ashton, Brian Bertscher and Carol Goldberg with Judy Roberston, Verity Abramowitz, Lorna Schoombie, Joy Fish, Yelta Gervis, Joan Muller and Beryl Walker. Theatre manager Will Southern and stage manager Norman Kelly-Herde.

According to material held by NELM there were productions by the East Rand Theatre Club, direted by Hugh Goldie and in Durban. Dates not mentioned.

Performance history abroad

Produced in Tel Aviv in Hebrew (Hebrew poster for Cameri Theatre production of The Coral King in Tel Aviv (NELM: [Collection: BROWN, James Ambrose]: 1998. 146. 42. 4). Date unknown.

2013: Performed by DePaul University's Theatre School at the Merle Reskin Theatre, Chicago, as part of the Chicago Playworks Program[1]. Directed by Ann Wakefield.


Theatre programme, 1961.

De Beer, 1995;

Joyce, 1999;

Teacher Guide, The Coral King [2].

Photograph of James Ambrose Brown, Arthur Evans [composer] and Hugh Goldie [director] at the East Rand Theatre Club production held by NELM: Photograph collection [Collection: BROWN, James Ambrose]: 2017. 76. 12. 4

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