The King and I – From ‘Getting to Know You’ to ‘Shall We Dance?’, the 1950s Rodgers and Hammer现金捕鱼0.01 -20元1炮stein musical still hits the right note

The King and I (4 stars)

  • Kelly Apter
  • 21 October 2019

The King and I

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From ‘Getting to Know You’ to ‘Shall We Dance?’, the 1950s Rodgers and Hammerstein musical still hits the right note

Is it OK to like The King and I? Let’s hope so, because this lavish production is extremely likeable.

Set in Siam (now Thailand) in 1860, the musical is not without its political and cultural sensitivities. A forward-thinking, liberal English teacher takes up a position with the Siamese royal family, and essentially teaches them the error of their backward-thinking, eastern, misogynist ways. Hmmm.

At least now the lead role of the King of Siam is played by an Asian actor (unlike Yul Bryner in the film and early theatrical productions), and the introduction of Act Two opening number ‘Western People Funny’ (dropped from the film) offers something of a counterbalance.

Because western people are indeed funny, with their big hooped skirts, uncomfortable shoes, pinned up hair and make-up – something the King’s wives are quick to point out when they’re asked to dress European for a night. But there is plenty of wit of another kind, with The King and I bringing home many more laughs than your average musical.

Annalene Beechey as school teacher Anna Leonowens is an absolute joy. Strong of voice and will, yet gentle of spirit and in complete control of the 40-metre wide, 40lbs dress she swings round the stage during ‘Shall We Dance?’. The way she and the equally strong Jose Llana as the King of Siam play around with language has the crowd eating out of their palms.

Meanwhile, Paulina Yeung and Ethan Le Phong as would-be lovers Lun Tha and Tuptim take us into their hearts with powerful vocals and a real sense of longing. And the King’s children are, as expected, utterly adorable and well worth getting to know.

No expense has been spared on this production – the ornate head gea捕鱼赢现金agr alone covers your ticket price. Opulent, perfectly executed and a feast for the eyes, The King and I may hark back to a different era but its capacity to entertain hasn’t diminished one bit.

Reviewed at Edinburgh Playhouse. Currently touring until April 2020.

Blossoms to embark on 2020 UK tour真人真钱欢乐捕鱼, find out how to get tickets

Blossoms to embark on 2020 UK tour, find out how to get tickets

  • Becki Crossley
  • 8 October 2019

Blossoms to embark on 2020 UK tour, find out how to get tickets

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Five-piece to support forthcoming album Foolish 现金捕鱼揭秘Loving Spaces with 16-date tour

Blossoms announced they will head out on a 16-date UK tour throughout March 2020. Tickets for all shows are available at 9am on Fri 11 Oct.

The five-piece announced the tour will support their highly anticipated third studio album, Foolish Loving Spaces, which is set for release on Fri 31 Jan and is available for pre-order now.

Band members Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock have been paving the way for their indie-rock sounds since 2016’s self-titled debut. The record topped the charts and bagged the group a Mercury Prize nomination and a nomination for Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards.

The string of dates kicks off on Sat 7 Mar at The LCR, UEA, Norwich and stops off in London for three nights at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, before rounding off on Sat 28 Mar with a hometown gig at the Manchester Arena. Support for the tour come from fellow indie group Magic Gang.

Blossoms 2020 tour dates:
Sat 7 Mar – The LCR, UEA, Norwich
Sun 8 Mar – Margate Winter Gardens
Tue 10 Mar – Rock City, Nottingham
Wed 11 Mar – O2 Academy Sheffield
Thu 12 Mar – Bath Forum
Sat 14 Mar – The Great Hall, Exeter
Sun 15 Mar – O2 Academy Bournemouth
Tue 17 Mar – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Wed 18 Mar – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Thu 19 Mar – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Sat 21 Mar – Bonus Arena, Hull
Sun 22 Mar – O2 Academy Glasgow
Tue 24 Mar – O2 Academy Leeds
Wed 25 Mar – O2 Academy Newcastle
Fri 27 Mar – O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat 28 Mar – Manchester Arena

Tickets for Blossoms UK tour are available at 9am on Fri 11 Oct.