The King and I

Date 24th May 2014
Society Richmond Operatic Society
Venue Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Type of Production Musical
Director John Holliday
Musical Director Adrian Bramley
Choreographer Pru Nunn

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Author: Peter Parlour

This production must be the best Richmond OS has done for a few years now.  John Holliday did a first class job, in this his first show, as Director.  He had an excellent cast which was very well-rehearsed indeed.  The outstanding performance was given by Dan Cockett who played the king, and was superb, having the powerful command, and also the wit. He was admirably supported by Paige Rutherford, as Anna.  She played her part in complete contrast to the King, and was really excellent.  There was some excellent and powerful singing from the cast, in particular from Debbie Wilson, who gave an excellent performance as Lady Thiang. 

Poppy Brooks played Tuptim very well indeed, along with Tom Pearson, who played Louis.  Brian Martin was very convincing as the Kralahome, the Prime Minister.  The Prince was well played by Adam Craddock, and the Princess by Lucy  Owens.  Graham Copson was very convincing as Sir Edward.  The King’s six wives were played by Andrea Wellings, Jemma Hogg, Rhoda Fraser, Gail Barlow, Helen Cain and Angie Moore.  Other parts were played by Lou Holliday and Jean Robinson. The Children were played confidently by Zoe Gleave, Elise Remillard, Miri Crashaw, Archie Gent, Lola Cross, Alastair Lunn and Tilly  Raper.   In all of the 90 years of shows, this the first time the society has produced The King and I.  It was good to welcome back Adrian Bramley as MD who had a small orchestra who played admirably.  It really was a great night’s entertainment.  Very well done, Richmond OS.