The King and I

Played 6th-10th March 2012 at Landau Forte College, Derby

About this production

Set in 1860s Bangkok the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King has brought to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Anna is horrified by many of the traditions that the King holds dear and they struggle to find common ground. The King is largely considered a barbarian by rulers of the West, and he takes Anna on as an advisor, asking her to help change his image – if not his actual practice. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King teach each other about understanding, respect and love that can transcend the greatest of differences. Beneath the fraught, fiercely opinionated, conflict ridden surface of Anna and the King’s relationship lies one of the most unique love stories in the musical theatre canon.

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