Rodgers and Hammerstein’s multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I, the greatest musical from the golden age of theatre, comes to London’s Palladium this spring.
The King and I has a sumptuous world-renowned score that features such classics as “Getting to Know You”, “Shall We Dance”, and “Whistle a Happy Tune”. Performed by an outstanding company of over 50, this production’s move to the West End is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the towering musical theatre legacy of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The King and I stars its original Broadway cast. Kelli O’Hara will reprise her Tony Award-winning performance along with Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe. Joining them are Ruthie Ann Miles, West End star of Aladdin, Dean John-Wilson, and Na-Young Jeon.
Bartlett Sher, who recently directed London’s smash-hit production of Oslo, reunites the original creative team of Catherine Zuber (Tony Award-winner for Best Costume), set designer Michael Yeargan, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Scott Lehrer and choreographer Christopher Gattelli, who bases his work on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
In the early 1860s, the recently widowed Anna Leonowens sets sail from England to Siam (now Thailand) with her son, Louis, to enter the employment of the King of Siam, a ruler who wishes to usher his kingdom into the modern world with the help of Western education.
Anna is to teach the King’s many wives and children and is at first outraged by the traditions that the King and his family value – he is considered a barbarian in the West. An unconventional and stormy relationship develops between the King and Anna, as the leader seems to only want to change his image, not his practices. As they both attempt to fiercely maintain their own traditions, a great deal of respect and love develops between them.
This coming together of East and West is one of the most unique musical theatre love stories ever told.
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(2mins) Exit 8 from the tube goes out onto Argyll Street (opposite the large Topshop). The theatre is 100 metres down the road.