Be royally entertained by Ashley in ‘The King and I’

Ashley Alymann plays the King in the 'King and I' which opens at the Theatre at The Mill on Tuesday, October 11 and runs till Saturday, October 22. INNT 39-202-CON Pic by Neil Harrison
Ashley Alymann plays the King in the 'King and I' which opens at the Theatre at The Mill on Tuesday, October 11 and runs till Saturday, October 22. INNT 39-202-CON Pic by Neil Harrison
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REHEARSALS are now well under way at Newtownabbey’s Theatre at The Mill for the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘The King and I’.

The show, which is the first Northern Ireland professional production of ‘The King and I’, opens at the theatre on Tuesday, October 11 and runs till Saturday, October 22.

Theatre at The Mill’s unique and authentic production will transport audiences straight back to 19th century Siam when widowed Anna, a schoolteacher, arrives from England to teach Victorian values at the court of the King, as a live-in governess.

The audience will journey with Anna from a Victorian dockside and into the splendour of the Thai Royal Palace, rich in regal colour and complete with giant gold Buddha.

Setting the scene with a striking oriental ‘puzzlement’ style set made up of 5,000 sheets of gold leaf, this majestic musical oozes opulence and colour with lavish costumes, sweeping melodies, a company of ballet dancers and a chorus of adorable children as well as the all essential comedy and romance.

The Newtownabbey Times caught up with Ashley Alymann, who plays the King in the show this week, as he enjoyed a short breather in between a hectic rehearsal schedule.

The 43-year-old Malaysian-born actor, who now lives and works in London, said he was thoroughly enjoying his time in Newtownabbey.

“I’m having a great time, the people here are very, very welcoming and friendly I have to say, and I’m having an amazing time in Newtownabbey and looking forward to performing to local audiences,” he said.

Ticket prices start at £15 and are available from the Theatre at the Mill Box Office on Tel: 028 9034 0202 or online at www.theatreatthemill.com Do note, weekend performance tickets are already booking fast.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...