The King and I

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s smash hit musical The King and I is running at the Royal & Derngate this week.

It tells the heart-warming story of the British governess brought to the court of Siam to tutor the King’s many children, using one of the most beautiful scores ever written, with sweeping melodies such as Shall We Dance, I Whistle A Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, The March of the Siamese Children and the unforgettable Getting To Know You.

This new production from Leicester Curve, directed by Paul Kerryson, is a lavish, grand-scale spectacle with giant gold Buddhas, sumptuous costumes, a chorus of adorable children cast from local auditions in Northampton, acrobatic dancers and a 10-piece orchestra.

Taking the iconic role of the King of Siam, made famous by Yul Brinner, Ramon Tikaram is a talented stage and screen actor who is probably best known as Ferdy in the BBC drama This Life and is currently playing Qadim in EastEnders.

The show opened yesterday and runs until Saturday.

Tonight’s performance is at 7.30pm.