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Following its triumphant Tony Award-winning run with four gongs in 2016 including Best Revival of a Musical, Bartlett Sher brings this celebrated Rodgers and Hammerstein revival to London's West End towards the end of 2016. With a venue, cast and exact dates yet to be fully confirmed, keep checking back with us to find out when to book tickets. A Far-Eastern romance beckons between a stern traditionalist king and a widowed English governess, in one of musical theatre's most triumphant stories.
Anna Leonowens is a widowed English teacher, who is charged with teaching the King of Siam's (now Thailand) hundred-strong royal offspring. Upon arrival in the country, Anna and her son Louis find the country's culture overwhelmingly different from their own, and the King himself to be a severe and alien employer. Though their relationship is initially marked by conflict and tension, eventually a bond begins to grow between the King and Anna that blossoms into a mutual respect and later attraction; however, can they both overcome their clash of cultures and propriety for the sake of love?
When The King and I originally opened in March 1951, the famous creators Rodgers and Hammerstein both had serious doubts. Originally joking that audiences were only coming to see if it was better than their previous hit South Pacific, the immediate response allayed their fears. The King and I went on to become an overnight hit, and has played to audiences from Broadway to Bangkok, while its film adaptation, famous for Yul Brenner's commanding performance opposite Deborah Kerr in her voluminous ball-gowns, won five Academy Awards.
Combining their musical elegance and brilliance, dramatics and dancing, The King and I has become synonymous with the great Broadway classics that continue to sweep audiences away completely, something that will be welcome when it finally lands in London. We simply cannot wait!
Opening night: 7 December 2016
Suitable for ages 10+
Please note that the image used is taken from the 2015 Broadway production starring Ken Watanabe, and does not reflect the London casting
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