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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I has certainly stood the test of time since it premiered on Broadway in 1951. Musical societies each put their own interpretation on this fascinating story, and Lichfield Operatic Society is no exception.
Nathan de Giorgio as Prince Chulalongkorn with Dawn Welch as Anna and some of the King’s children
The society’s production at the Garrick this week is just wonderful. The beautifully-cast production has everything – well-performed musical numbers, some exceptional acting, lavish costumes and a first-rate orchestra. And a group of children who are a credit to their parents and to the directors. Many of the two sets of children performing this week are from Theatrics Stage School and Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre. Scene changes were slick and lighting atmospheric. Jordan Adams and Dawn Welch as The King and Anna are well-matched leading performers both in their acting and musical abilities. I very much enjoyed Sue Morgan’s interpretation of Lady Thiang, Fidel Lloyd as the impressive Kralaholme, the King’s right hand man and Nathan de Georgio as heir apparent Prince Chulalongkorn. Kathy Coombes as Tuptim and Jon Barakat as her young lover were also a well-matched pair. This show has a huge cast and therefore they can’t all be named, but every one of them contributed to a quality production. Congratulations to cast and back-stage crews and to Director Julie Mallaband, Musical Director Jack Hopkins and Choreographer Jess Lambert. The King & I runs at the Lichfield Garrick until Saturday (April 25). It’s well worth getting a ticket – if they haven’t sold out! To book, call 01543 412121 or visit