Spirit of Christmas: International success for festive show

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A Leeds theatre producer’s latest show has become an unexpected box-office sensation - 5,000 miles away in China.

Audiences are going mad for David King’s musical ‘Spirit of Christmas’ and the stars of the show are being mobbed on the streets of Beijing.

The seasonal song and dance spectacular has played to sold-out crowds every night during its two-month tour.

David, 55, grew up in Moortown and Alwoodley and is shocked by its success.

He said: “My first show, ‘Spirit of the Dance’ has been running for 15 years and has been seen by 30 million people but I’ve never seen as much passion for a show as we’re seeing in China now.

“Dancers are getting mobbed by fans who want their photo taken with them.

“It has been a phenomenal success.”

He added: “I’m amazed how the audiences are taking to the songs.

“They know all the words and sing along.”

David left Roundhay School aged 15-years-old in the 1960s to set up a clothes stall in Kirkgate Market.

His big break finally came in 1996 when he launched ‘Spirit of the Dance’ on a shoestring budget.

Within two years the show was being performed in 14 different countries at any one time and David went on to become a successful multi-millionaire.

David’s mother Trudie, 87, and sisters Wendy and Linda still live in Leeds.

Teenage and adult audiences have become fans of the show, which promises a Hollywood-style glimpse into the American Christmas traditions.

Although the Chinese do not traditionally celebrate Christmas, fans of Western culture are welcoming the Christmas festivities.

For more information about David’s career, visit: www.davidking.co.uk