The King and I 2012
It is always a good sign when you leave a musical ‘whistling a happy tune.’ This was certainly the case with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. A timeless classic, the performance was an exceptionally beautiful take on the tale.
Wonderfully cast and eloquently choreographed, it was difficult not to be swept away in the storyline as we followed British school teacher Anna and her blossoming relationship with the King of Siam.
The set was vibrant and visually striking with two golden Buddha statues framing each side. Included in the backdrop of the stage, the orchestra intensified the delightful musical score, making the music seem at one with each of the scenes.
Movement was incorporated in the style of silhouettes, adding a softness to the piece and moving the story forward in an inventive and clever way.
As well as an array of talented adult performers, praise must be given to the children. For many of them, it was their first time performing on the stage and what a wonderful job they did.
The costumes throughout were magnificent; with Anna’s Western dress contrasting greatly with the outfits of the wives and children in Siam. Beautiful colours shone brightly from the stage as the performers sparkled when dancing.
With elements of comedy, tragedy and romance, the story remained enchanting throughout. Skilled, professionally trained dancers and singers worked effortlessly together, creating an unforgettable show that is suitable for any one of any age.
It is sixty years since The King and I was originally performed on Broadway and it is a real accomplishment to produce a show that is still as beautiful, as fresh and as visually rich as this.
Each note was in perfect key, each acrobatic leap was performed with precision and style, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!
- Imogen Strachan