Why See The King And I?
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 the West End in June 2018, with original stars Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe reprising their roles. A Far-Eastern romance beckons between a hard-hearted king and a widowed English governess, in one of musical theatre's most triumphant stories.
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 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?
Getting to know The King and I - A brief history
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: 21 June 2018
Suitable for ages 10+
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Please note, images used are from the Broadway production of The King And I
Cast and Creative
Kelli O'Hara as Anna Leonowens
Ken Watanabe as The King
Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha
Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim
Takao Osawa as Kralahome
Jon Chew as Prince Chulalongkorn
Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsay and Captain Orton
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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