About the showAfter a Tony Award-winning stint on Broadway, Bartlett Sher’s revival of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I comes to the West End. Last seen at the London Palladium in 2000, starring Elaine Paige, the transfer marks the 65th anniversary of the musical’s original London production.
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, The King and I is the story of an unexpected romance that blossoms between a British schoolteacher, Anna, and the strict King of Siam. When the King requests Anna to tutor his children, the pair find themselves at war with each other. As tensions rise, Anna finds herself torn between her principles and a hidden love for the King.
Originally premiering at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1953, The King and I is one of musical theatre’s classics, featuring an iconic score that includes songs such as “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “Getting to Know You”, “Something Wonderful” and “Shall We Dance?”.
Six-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara stars as Anna, after winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in the Broadway production. Credits include The Pajama Game, South Pacific and The Bridges of Madison County. Ken Watanabe stars opposite as the King, after making his Broadway debut in the role. Best known for his film appearances, credits include Inception, Batman Begins and The Last Samurai.
Additional casting includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha, Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim, Takao Osawa as The Kralahome, Jon Chew as Prince Chulalongkorn, Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsay and Captain Orton, and Annalene Beechey.
Ensemble includes Kamm Kunaree, Jacqui Sanchez, Miiya Alexandra, Ena Yamaguchi, Ela Lisondra, Aiko Kato, Lily Wang, Yuki Abe, Saori Oda, Misa Koide, William Mychael Lee, Alistair So, Arthur Lee, Jorge Sprangers, Jonathan Caguioa, Cletus Chan, Jesse Milligan, Nick Len, Steven Hardcastle, Nicholas Li, Rachel Jayne-Picar and Jasmine Leung.
Bartlett Sher (Oslo) directs the production, which features set design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Scott Legrer, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
Playing at the West End’s London Palladium for a strictly limited season, the critically acclaimed musical is set to be one of 2018’s most highly anticipated events of the year. The King and I plays at the London venue from June 21st to September 29th 2018, with an official opening July 3rd 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of the musical now have the chance to see it on stage, almost two decades since it last appeared. This is also a brilliant chance to see two acclaimed actors take to the stage, in a production directly from Broadway!