Join us in 2018 as our experienced team of actors and actresses brings Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ to the Roodepoort Theatre. In a radiant telling of East meets West, set in the early 1860s, Anna Leonowens, a young Welsh widow, travels with her young son to the kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) to become the governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of King Mongkut of Siam. The King is determined to usher Siam into the modern world without losing its culture, and he thinks Western education can be a part of that – yet, Anna is horrified at first by many of the traditions that he holds dear. The King is largely considered to be 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. Having partly grown up in India, Anna views Siam as backward and wants to overwrite the culture with British traditions, but as Anna and the king clash over exactly how and what to do to modernise Siam, she learns that differences in culture do not make one backward, rather they are part of what makes each country unique. Under pressure from an imminently arriving party of European diplomats, Anna and the king collaborate to present an image that will change their minds about the king and Siam. Their success will partly determine the course of the country for generations to come. 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 ever told.
The King and I is proudly presented by Drama Buzz and is their 10th annual production, with a cast of more than 60 including 30 children aged 3-13. This delightful show will entertain the entire family!