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Closed September 29, 2018

it's great to see one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most complex works reappraised: opulently, intelligently and with love.

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Why See The King And I?

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A Far-Eastern romance beckons between a hard-hearted king and a widowed English governess, in one of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved musicals.

Following a triumphant Tony Award-winning run that took home four gongs in 2016, including Best Revival of a Musical, Bartlett Sher brings his celebrated revival to the West End, with original stars Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe reprising their roles.

What is it about?

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 culture overwhelmingly different from their own, and the King himself to be a severe and strict 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?

Getting to know The King and I - A brief history

When The King and I originally opened in March 1951, 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.

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Opening night: 3 July 2018


Suitable for ages 10+

Cast and Creative


Kelli O'Hara as Anna Leonowens
Ken Watanabe as The King
Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha
Naoko Mori as Lady Thiang
Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim
Takao Osawa as Kralahome
Jon Chew as Prince Chulalongkorn
Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsay and Captain Orton
Annalene Beechey

Kamm Junaree, 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, Jeorge Sprangers, Jonathan Caguioa, Cletus Chan, Jesse Milligan, Nick Len, Steven Hardcastle, Nicholas Li, Rachel Jayne-Picar and Jasmine Leung


Directed by Bartlett Sher
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammersetin II

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Wendy & John Battey: “The King & I....ot to be missed”

We saw the show last night... what can I say.... FANTASTIC. The costumes,... more

Jean: “Fantastic show”

Amazing show, great costumes and wonderful singing. This is a show not... more

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