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The River of Kings II : City of Angels

"The River of Kings II - City of Angels", a light and sound musical is scheduled to open in Bangkok from 24 January through to February 1, 2001.

It rides on the success of the spectacular "River of Kings" epic presented last year. However the two events are unrelated and vary significantly in their objective and tone.

While the original "The River of Kings" presentation offered an awe-inspiring historical account tracing the glorious past of the kingdom, "The River of Kings II - City of Angels" is an enchanting musical about a make believe city - City of Angels.

The fascinating tale of this city is told in nine acts. They are City of Angels, the Golden Peninsula, Undercurrent, The Great Colonialism Storm, Civilisation, Destiny, Realised, Return of the Dheva and From Heaven to Earth.

Staged at the Ratchaworadit Royal Landing riverside location, "The River of Kings II - City of Angels" takes the form of an outdoor on-the-river theatre, the first of its kind to be seen in Thailand. The magnificent view of The Grand Palace by night provides a majestic natural backdrop and adds a real-life regal aspect to this 45-minute long musical fantasy featuring a cast of 400 actors, many of whom are well-known international artists of Thai nationality who were in the starring role of the Thai version of Walt Disney classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas and The Lion King.

A variety of special effects such as laser vision and animation, dancing fountains of various shapes, movie-projection onto a 35 metre water-screen, pyrotechnics and rockets will be used to heighten the magical aspect of this 60 million baht musical fantasy. Furthermore the "Nights at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn" light and sound presentation offers a related attraction.

Unlike the 1999 presentation where spectators were ferried from one stage location to another, the musical will be presented in its entirety in one riverside location - the Ratchaworadit Royal Landing, and is viewed either from a cruiser or a 800-seat floating arena of Japanese design. There will be a total of 27 performances over the nine days from 24 January through to February 1, 2001.

Show Times

Three performances daily from 24 January through to February 1, 2001 with a total of 2,000 tickets sold per performance.

  • 16:45 - 17:30
  • 20:30 - 21:15
  • 22:15 - 23:00

Of 2,800 available seats, 800 will be on board the Riverside Hotel dinner cruise with tickets being sold at 1,000 Baht per seat. The remaining 2,000 seats on a floating arena are available from Thaiprasit Nationwide at 800 baht each. (Please refer to the contact information shown below.)

There will also be a special charity performance on 22 January 2001 from 19:30 to 20:15 exclusively for the benefit of underprivileged children.

Additionally part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to three charitable organizations, one of which promotes the cause of autistic children.

"The River of Kings II - City of Angels" being produced by the Kantana Group is sponsored by Thaiprasit Nationwide, the Electricity Generating Public Company Limited, Thai Airways International, the Petroleum Authority of Thailand and the Sura Maharaj group.

  • The Riverside Hotel
    For the Riverside Hotel dinner cruise
    Price : 1,000 Baht per person    Phone : (66 2) 883 - 1588 to 94
  • Thai Prasit Nationwide
    For seats on the Floating Arena
    Price : 800 Baht
    Phone : (66 2) 632 5565 - 7
  • The Public Relations Office of The Grand Palace
    Open from 09:00 - 15:00 from December 15, 2000 onwards
    Phone : (662) 623 - 5500 Ext. 1120 - 1122

Source : The Tourism Authority of Thailand

Vocabulary kum-sab

King ga-sad / pra-jao-paen-din
(กษัตริย์ / พระเจ้าแผ่นดิน)
City moerng-lhuang / pra-na-korn
(เมืองหลวง / พระนคร)
Angle tea-wa-dar : for men / narng-far : for women
(เทวดา / นางฟ้า)
Success kwarm-sum-read
Spectacular garn-sa-daeng
Last year pee-tee-laew
Inspiring pra-tab-jai
History pra-wad-ti-sard
Glorious kwarm-rung-roerng
Fascinating chuan-chom
Stage wea-tee
Variety lharg-lhary
Thu, 15 May, 2003

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