Lakohn Nawk began in the Ayutthaya Kingdom ( from the end of 18th to the beginning
of 19th centuries ). Lakohn Nawk was strictly performed outside the royal court.
It was fast-paced, humorous, and casual. The script used an informal language. Lakohn
Nawk was also known as Lakohn Talaad.
Lakohn Nawk was adapted from Lakohn Nohra or Chatree, with different types of song
and music to accompany the play. Originally, it featured an all male cast. The male
performers were required to demonstrate wide theatrical repertoires in singing, dancing,
The Lakohn Nawk group could choose to play any story except the story of Inao, Unnarut,
and Ramayana. Originally, there were a variety of Lakohn Nawk stories. However, only
14 of those were documented, which were Karakade, Kawi, Chayathat, Pikul Thong, Pimsawan,
Pinsuriyawong, Manorah, Moang Pa, Maneephichai, Sung Thong, Sungsilpchai, Sunwannasilp,
Suwannahong, and Sowat.
In the reign of King Rama II of the Rattanakosin period ( at the beginning of 19th
century ), the King composed six more stories to be used as Lakohn Nawk scripts.