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News release - Issued by York Theatre Royal

The King and I

Rehearsals are well under way for a spectacular, lavish production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, the ever-popular King and I.

The company is led by veteran member John Hall as the King and Emma Dickinson as governess Anna Leonowens. Emma was seen as Milly last year in our popular production of Seven Bride for Seven Brothers.

John of course is no stranger to the York Theatre Royal stage and was last seen in our production of The Sound of Music when he starred as Captain Von Trapp.

Other principal roles include: Geoffrey Turner, The Kralahone; Sally Lewis, Lady Thiang; and from our very talented youth group, Jack Porter, Prince Chululongkorn; Flynn Coultous and Ruben Lally, sharing the role of Louis Leonowens, Anna’s son.

Supporting roles include: Richard Hawley, Sir Edward Ramsey; Phillip Jackson, The Captain; Martin Lay, Phra Alach; Finn East, The Interpreter. The young Princess Ying Yawolak, another shared role by members of our Youth group, Jess Parnell and Zoe Blenkiron.

At the helm of this production once again will be professional Director Martyn Knight, assisted by Sue Hawksworth, who has spent many hours putting the cast through their paces and polishing the scenes.

Possibly her biggest challenge has been the fifteen minute ballet The Small House of Uncle Thomas. It promises to be visually stunning and worth all the hard work.

With colourful scenery, stunning costumes and a musical score to die for including: Shall We Dance; Getting to Know You; I Have Dreamed; Something Wonderful; Hello, Young Lovers; I Whistle A Happy Tune; March of the Siamese Children and We Kiss In The Shadow. The King and I is a show not to be missed.

The King and I Runs from 8 – 18 March at York Theatre Royal.
Tickets available from the Box Office 01904 623568 or online at


Press night – Thursday 9 March 2017

For press night tickets and all press, interview and photo enquiries please contact:
Caroline Sinclair
Head of Communications
T: 01904 550148 | E:

Notes for Editors:

York Theatre Royal has brought delight and fulfilment to the people of York and beyond by offering a rich and diverse programme of creative activity for 270 years. York Theatre Royal is one of the UK’s leading creative producers and presenters, constantly building on its reputation for producing high quality and ambitious theatre with highly regarded productions of new commissions, revivals at all scales and each year delivering a pantomime of international renown. The theatre serves audiences of all ages – children, youth, teenagers, adults and seniors.