This is the musical made internationally famous by Yul Brynner as the King of Siam with Deborah Kerr as Anna Leonowens - the governess to his many children by his many wives. Most people know the story of their fiery relationship and her attempts to civilise him and his efforts to do the best for his country and his family. This is the romance that gave birth to such classics as 'Getting to Know You', 'I Whistle a Happy Tune', 'Hello Young Lovers' and 'Shall We Dance?'.
Avast Behind! - or the true story of what happened at Treasure Island - has been written by Vicky Orman and Katy Biggs, with a little help from Mark O'Callaghan and is directed by Chris Britton. There are many, many pirates both male and female with a strong likelihood that the villain will also be female - Long Joan Silver - who will have to perform with an obligatory wooden leg, hook, and talking parrot! This will be the first panto with a 'flash back' to when the pirates were at pirate school and will involve the junior chorus in substantial dialogue. There will also be a very posh version of The Haka using local street names - and a man-eating shark that will eat the audience as well as the cast! The whole stage, including the apron, will be used and the band (also dressed as pirates) will play on stage. Anyone of any age, height or gender, or with a big bum will be welcomed.
Written by Emlyn Williams this is a Ghost Story in three acts set on the stage of the St. James'' Theatre, London between the hours of 8.15 and 11.15 on the night of Wednesday 26th November 1930 - Sir Charles Jasper''s birthday. There is a legend concerning a murder once committed at the St. James Theatre - that a dumb woman will appear on stage and reveal the murderer. Sir Charles Jasper, author and eccentric who delves into the mystical, holds a dinner party in the theatre. Tonight he will come into a vast fortune, but should he die before 11pm his nephew Maurice will inherit it. Maurice arrives and engineers his uncles' murder, and then the dumb woman of the legend appears. This unique thriller will have the audience gripping their seats.