Annual Khon Event Canceled in Respect for Late King

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BANGKOK — A much-anticipated annual khon performance celebrating His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol’s birthday next month has been canceled in light of his death.

Along with many entertainment activities and cultural performances canceled during the period of mourning, “The Allegiance of Phiphek,” a royally sponsored play scheduled for 41 performances Nov. 5 through Dec. 5, won’t be staged this year.

The performance tells the Ramakien’s story of Phiphek, a keen astrologer who sides with Phra Ram to subdue his brother, the Demon King Thotsakan.

The performance has been staged since 2007 with the support of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit to celebrate the 80th birthday of King Bhumibol and 75th birthday of Queen Sirikit.

Tickets can be refunded at the 14 main branches of Thai Ticket Major before Dec. 5.