The King and I
The King and I is a musical, the fifth by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. The musical premiered on March 29, 1951, at Broadway's St. James Theatre.
Performance history in South Africa
1967: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society in 1967 and 1998.
1982: Presented by CAPAB Music at the Nico Malan Theatre opening 23 October 1982, directed by David Matheson, musical director Graham Scott, decor and costumes by Bruno Santini, choreography by Veronica Paeper, lighting by John T. Baker. The cast included Aviva Pelham as Anna and Michael McGovern as the King, Richard Farmer, John Dennison, Joey Wishnia, De Wet van Rooyen and others.
1986: In December 1986 The King and I starring Joe Stewardson and Judy Page was staged in the Momentum at the State Theatre and the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, directed by Louis Burke, also featuring Jean Dell, Ann Stradi, Edmund Rahme, Memory Jane, Ben Illeman, Martin Dunne, Justin Hambloch, John Mitchells’ orchestra, Bruno Santini’s designs. Stan Knight’s lighting.
Translations and adaptations
The King and I theatre programme, CAPAB 1982.
Cape Times, 12 October 2006.
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