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The King And I

Music: Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
Based on Margaret Landon's Anna and the King of Siam

Productions

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 1953 - ?
London Palladium, 2000 - 2001

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
First performance: Thursday 8th october 1953.
Director: John van Druten. Settings and Lighting: Jo Mielziner.
Costume Designer: Irene Sharaff. Choreographer: Jerome Robbins.
Dances reproduced by June Graham. Orchestrations: Robert RUssell Bennett

Cast circa mid 1954
CharacterPlayed By
Captain OrtonJohn Harvey
Louis LeonowensRoy Grant
Anna LeonowensValerie Hobson
The InterpreterShaym Bahudur
The KralahomeMartin Benson
The KingHerbert Lom
Phra AlackThomas Hare
Lun ThaJan Muzurus
Understudy Lun ThaIfor Emmanuel
TuptimDoreen Duke
Lady ThiangMuriel Smith
Prince ChulalongkornTimothy Brooking
Princess Ying YaowlakPeggy Songhurst
Sir Edward RamsayRonald Leigh Hunt
Princesses and PrincesMiriam Jacobs, Ann Maureso, Daphne Long, Joyce Long, Sheila Lawrence, Maureen Ali, Kiriaki Haralnabous, Helen Windle, Roy Heyman, George Maureso, Dereck Hodgson, Leonard Davey, Aziz Aquil, Brian King, Clarence Gordon, Ronald Singer, Edward McEwan
The Royal DancersSonya Hana, Joan Elvin, Jean Johnston, Elizabeth Parks, Silvia Herklots, Josephine Spaull, Patricia Hawkes, Denise Merrum, Joan Boyd, Maureen Webster, Patricia Colbourne, Dorothy Fraser, Gladys Allgood, Julie Musgrove, Ann Roberts, Joan Turner, Brigitte Kelly, Sheila Kennedy
SlavesIvor Meggido, Rikki Septimus, Barrie Irwin, Gilbert Brunett
WivesDanuta Karel, Barbara Lewis, Joan Dummond, Nan Williams, Delia Manon, Hilde du Toit, Phyllis Anderson, Dorina Gregory, Joan Merritt, Maureen Hartley
AmazonsMary Midwinter, Ann Pidgeon, Merle Arundale, Lee Vernon
PriestsHenry Goodier, Ifor Emmanuel, James Appleby, Frank O'Connor, Joe McBride, Andrew Cole
The Small House of Uncle Thomas
NarratorDoreen Duke
Uncle ThomasJoan Boyd
TopsyJean Johnston
Little EvaAnn Roberts
ElizaSonya Hana
King SimonJoan Turner
AngelJoan Elvin
Royal DancersElizabeth Parks, Silvia Herklets, Josephine Spaull, Patricia Hawkes, Denise Merrum, Maureen Webster, Patricia Colbourne, Dorothy Fraser, Gladys Allgood, Julie Musgrove, Sheila Kennedy, Brigitte Kelly
DrummerRikki Septimus

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London Palladium
3rd May 2000 - July 2001 - ?
Director: Christopher Renshaw. Choreography: Jerome Robbins.
Musical Staging: Lar Lubovitch. Scenic Design: Brian Thomson.
Costume Design: Roger Kirk. Lighting Design: Nigel Levings.
Musical Supervision & Direction: John Owen Edwards. Sound Design: Paul Groothuis.
Musical Director: Paul Christ. Orchestrations: RObert Russell Bennett.
Additional Orchestrations: Bruce Coughlin.
Jerome Robbins Choreography supervisor: Susan Kikuchi.

Cast Lists
August 2000
Mid 2001

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August 2000 (8.2000) edition programme cast
CharacterPlayed By
Captain Orton
Understudy Sir Edward Ramsay (2nd)
Richard Avery
Louis LeonowensPax Baldwin or Joe Gunn or Joe Sowerbutts
Anna LeonowensElaine Paige
The Interpreter/Ensemble
Understudy Kralahome (1st)
Miguel Diaz
The KralahomeHo Yi
The King of Siam
In programme
Jason Scott Lee
The King of Siam
Paper insert
Paul Nakauchi
Lun ThaSean Ghazi
TuptimAura Deva
Lady ThiangTaewon Yi Kim
Prince ChulalongkornJordan Gumayagay or Jean-Michael Ipock or Zachary Scipio
Sir Edward Ramsey
Understudy Captain Orton (2nd)
Robin Kermode
Anna Leonowens (cover/1st Understudy)Claire Moore
'Small House Of Uncle Thomas' Ballet
ElizaYukiko Kashiki
Simon Of LegreeDavid Lee
Simon Le Gree
programme insert
Ming Low
Angel GeorgeMei-Chun Lin
Little EvaKaori Murakami
TopsyAzumi Ono
Uncle ThomasUnku
DogsTherese Rademark, Ayako Shimizu, Samart Santhaveesuk
GuardsBenjamin Loh, Ming Liu, Oliver Pang
PropmenKhan Bonfils, Jo Jo De La Cerna, Miguel Diaz, Steven Eng
ArchersKaren Cadogan, Su-Man Hsu, Na-Ye Kim, Gina Tse
SingersIrene Alano, Melanie May Po, Stephanie Reese, Gina Respall
Royal Wides, Slaves, Courtiers, Guards, Monks, English Guests, Market People
Ensemble
Understudy Lady Thiang (2nd)
Irene Alano/Allano (spelt both ways in programme)
Ensemble
Understudy Sir Edward Ramsay (1st), Captain Orton (1st)
Paul Ansdell
Ensemble
Understudy King
Khan Bonfils
Ensemble
Understudy Topsy
Karen Cadogan
Ensemble
Understudy Lun Tha (2nd)
Jo Jo De La Cerna
Ensemble
Understudy Lun Tha (1st)
Steven Eng
EnsembleSu-Man Hsu
EnsembleNa-Ye Kim
Ensemble
Understudy Interpreter (1st)
David Lee
EnsembleYukiko Kashiki
EnsembleMei-Chun Lin
EnsembleBenjamin Loh
EnsembleMing Liu
EnsembleKaori Murakami
EnsembleAzumi Ono
Ensemble
Understudy Interpreter (2nd)
Oliver Pang
Ensemble
Understudy Tuptim (2nd)
Melanie May Po
EnsembleTherese Rademark
Ensemble
Understudy Tuptim (1st)
Stephanie Reese
Ensemble
Understudy Lady Thiang (1st)
Gina Respall
Ensemble
Understudy Anna Leonowens (2nd)
Kathleen Schueppert
EnsembleAyako Shimizu
EnsembleSandy Shimoda
Ensemble
Understudy Kralahome (2nd)
Samart Santhaveesuk
EnsemblePhong Truong
EnsembleGina Tse
Ensemble
Dance Captain
Unku
SwingRaymond Chai
SwingCriselda Collis
SwingPhong Truong
SwingRachel Picar
SwingSandy Shimoda
The Royal Children (group 1)Bowen Feng, Genevieve Ferrer, Michael Lee, Natasha Lee, Samuel Manisty, Christine Milanes, Alex Pang, Hiro Takazawa, Tsugumi Takazawa, Yoh Takazawa, Odelia Yu
The Royal Children (group 2)Chase Bersabal, Cherelle Bersabal, Kathleen Cabigas, Carl Caperina, Karl Evangelista, Ron Evangelista, Charlotte Nguyen, Minh Ann Nguyen, Monty Tang, Kathleen Villanueva, Laura Woo
The Royal Children (group 3)Jenna Cachero, Joashua Delim, Hiroe Fujiski, Monica Kawai, Daniel Madrigal, Jessica Olivar, Lewis Sparks, Vinh Trung Ton, Natalie Teo, Miki Uchisawa, Bonie Woods
Youngest Royal ChildGeneve Ferrer or Katie Kwong or Lirazel Swindells or Nicholas Wong
Orchestra
Musical DirectorJohn Owen Edwards/Paul Christ
Violin (Leader)Julian Leaper
ViolinIan Humphries
ViolinShelley Van Loen
ViolinMark Denman
ViolaAdiran Turner
CelloBozidar Vukotic
CelloMirium Lowbury
Double BassAllen Walley
HarpCarys Hughes
Piccolo/Flute/RecorderTony Robb
Flute/ClarinetBernie Lafontaine
Oboe/CorJohn Crossman
ClarinetJohn Carnac
Clarinet/Bass ClarinetSusan Gill
BassoonGavin McNaughton
Trumpet 1Nick Betts
Trumpet 2Mike Allen
Horn 1Matthew Cooke
Horn 2John Bareham
Trombone/Asst. Orechtral ManagerGeoff Nash
Bass TromboneNeil Thompson
Drums/PercussionNeil Rowland
Keyboard/Assistant MDPaul Maguire
Orchestral ManagementMaurice Cambridge for Accord Music Ltd.

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Mid 2001
CharacterPlayed By
AnnaElaine Paige
Until 21st April 2001
AnnaJosie Lawrence
From 24th April 2001
KingKeo Woolford
As at July 2001
UnknownSaeed Jaffrey
As at July 2001

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