The King And I
Due to phenomenal demand, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King And I has extended its engagement for a final three weeks to Saturday 29th September at London's iconic Palladium. This is the very last opportunity West End audiences will have to see the Broadway stars reprise their original roles on the London stage.

Five extra matinees on Thursdays (30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September) have been added to the London Palladium performance schedule. This follows continued unprecedented demand for tickets, with early performances already sold out Making their West End debuts are the original Broadway stars; reprising her Tony Award- winning performance and 'Broadway musical's undisputed Queen' (The Sunday Times), Kelli O'Hara (Anna), Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King), and reprising her Tony Award-winning performance, Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang). Joining the cast are West End star of Aladdin, Dean John-Wilson and Na-Young Jeon as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With a superior score of treasured songs including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

The greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. A once in a life time opportunity - book now for performances to 29th September.
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The Times

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Daily Mail

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The Telegraph

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Evening Standard

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The Independent

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Daily Mirror

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The Stage

"Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It's a hit"
The Times

"Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture"
The Telegraph

"We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!"
Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

"It's truly majestic. With romance and warm humour, stunning costumes and a sublime set list, the slow-burning relationship between Anna (Kelli O"Hara- and the irrepressible king (Ken Watanabe) will bring tears to your eyes by the closing scene"
OK Magazine

"Kelli O'Hara does not just play Anna, she owns the part. Her voice is crystal, Julie Andrews perfect"
The Times, 4 July 2018

Ken Watanabe "Thunderous charisma"
Evening Standard

"Without doubt the big, glitzy musical of the summer"
Metro

"This classic musical is bound to sell out fast"
Harper's Bazar
JAPANESE TV STAR TAKAO OSAWA JOINS WEST END CAST OF THE KING AND I (5 APRIL 2018)

Takao Osawa, the multi-award-winning actor and star of one of Japan's most popular television series Jin, will join the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I to play Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam, when the smash hit musical transfers from Broadway to the London Palladium on 21 June.

Takao Osawa swept up a total of seven awards as Best Actor for Jin, which was first broadcast in 2009, with a second series aired in 2011. His popular character (Jin Minakata) has been likened by many in Japan to the BBC's time-travelling Doctor Who. He was also the recipient of the Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on for his work on Metro ni notte as Sakichi Konuma. Films include the multi award winning Wolf Children where he played the Wolf Man. Other notable roles include Toma Fujihira in Ichi and Saizo Kirigakure in the Asian Film Award nominated Goemon. Osawa also appeared in A Terminal Trust directed by Masayuki Suo. His most recent film and TV appearances include The Lion Standing in the Wind as Koichiro Shimada and Inosuke Odamura in the Japanese series Hana Moyu.

The actor will join the previously announced cast led by Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara as Anna, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King, Tony award-winning Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha and Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim.

Producers have also announced that an extra Tuesday performance has been added to the London Palladium season in the final week on 25 September. This is in addition to the five extra Thursday matinees previously announced (30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September). In the run up to this West End production The King and I enjoyed a 16-month run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater and a record-breaking sold out USA tour.

Also joining the London cast are Jon Chew (Angels in America) in the role of Prince Chulalongkorn, Edward Baker'Duly )Wizard Of Oz, South Pacific) in dual roles as Sir Edward Ramsay and Captain Orton alongisde Annalene Beechey (Les Miserables, Into The Woods).

The full ensemble cast of singers, actors and dancers will feature 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.

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, along with the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific and the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady which is currently in previews, will reunite to bring this production to life at the London Palladium.



DEAN JOHN-WILSON AND NA-YOUNG JEON JOIN THE KING & I; FINAL THREE WEEK EXTENSION NOW ON SALE (19 MARCH 2018)

Dean John-Wilson (who starred in the title role of Disney's original West End production of Aladdin) and Na-Young Jeon join the West End cast of The King And I as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim. They will join Tony Award winner and "Broadway musical'ís undisputed Queen" (Sunday Times) Kelli O'Hara as Anna, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King and Tony award-winning Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang. Rodgers & Hammerstein's multi-award winning musical transfers from Broadway to the London Palladium on 21 June.

The show has also announced that the London Palladium engagement will extend for a final three weeks until Saturday 29 September. This is the very last opportunity West End audiences will have to see the Broadway stars reprise their original roles on the London stage, as Kelli O'Hara will return to Broadway to star in Kiss Me Kate and Ken Watanabe has filming commitments.

Five extra matinees on Thursdays (30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September) have been added to the London Palladium performance schedule. This follows continued unprecedented demand for tickets, with early performances already sold out. Much like it's acclaimed 16 month run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater and record-breaking sold out USA tour, The King And I is tipped to be London's must-see musical of 2018.

Dean John-Wilson played the title role in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre and was a semi-finalist on Britain's Got Talent in 2008. His other theatre credits include: Miss Atomic Bomb and Songs For a New World at The St James' Theatre, Aquino in Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, Tim Rice's From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Sister Act: The Musical UK Tour.

Netherlands born Na-Young Jeon played Gigi in the international tour of Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables in South Korea and in the West End. Other theatre work includes Esmerelda in Notre Dame de Paris in South Korea and Bianca in Kiss Me Kate in Amsterdam. On TV she played the lead in Conny and Clyde and Bo in Van Hier Tot Tokio and her films include The Calling and Hitomi.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on The Lincoln Center Theater's World Premiere of J.T. Rogers' smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway and then transferred via the National Theatre to London's Harold Pinter Theatre in October last year to rave reviews. He, along with the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific and the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady which began previews this week, will reunite to bring this majestic production to life at the London Palladium.

With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, this masterpiece - one of their finest works - boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.



TONY AWARD WINNER RUTHIE ANN MILES REPRISES BROADWAY ROLE IN WEST END'S THE KING & I (22 JANUARY 2018)

Ruthie Ann Miles will reprise her Tony Award-winning and critically acclaimed Broadway role of Lady Thiang in the West End production of The King And I, which opens at the London Palladium on 21 June 2018. She will join fellow Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara (Anna) and Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in the Broadway transfer of the multi award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical.

Producers have also announced an extended booking period until 8 September for the show, one of the fastest-selling West End productions of 2018. This builds on the show's 16-month run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater and record-breaking USA tour.

Ruthie Ann Miles originated the role of Imelda Marcos in David Byrne's discotheque musical Here Lies Love, for which she received the Lucille Lortel Award and the Theatre World Award. She was last seen on Broadway in Sunday In The Park With George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford. For her portrayal of Lady Thiang in The King And I, she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. The New York Times said that Miles' rendition of the iconic song 'Something Wonderful' could be the show's anthem. Like her lead co-stars, she will be making her West End debut when the musical opens in London later this year.

Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on The Lincoln Center Theater's World Premiere of JT Rogers' smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway and then transferred via the National Theatre to London's Harold Pinter Theatre in October last year. He, along with the creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific and the soon-to-open Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady, will reunite to bring this production to life at the London Palladium.

With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, The King And I boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.



BROADWAY'S THE KING AND I TRANSFERS TO LONDON PALLADIUM (20 NOVEMBER 2017)

The multi Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King And I will transfer from Broadway to London next summer following a critically acclaimed 16- month run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater and an unprecedented continuing record-breaking sold-out USA tour. The production will start performances on 21 June 2018 at the West End's London Palladium, where the last West End production of the Broadway classic was staged in 2006.

The production will star the two original Lincoln Center Theater lead actors: Broadway musical royalty Kelli O'Hara, who will reprise her Tony Award-winning role of Anna Leonowens, together with film star, Oscar and Tony nominee (for his role on The King and I) Ken Watanabe, who will star in the title role of The King of Siam. Both will be making their West End debuts, following their acclaimed performances on Broadway.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on The Lincoln Center Theater's world Premiere of JT Rogers' smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway and then transferred via the National Theatre to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre in October this year to rave reviews. He, along with the creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific, will reunite to bring this production to life at the Palladium.

With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, this production, which won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, will have its European premiere at the Palladium. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, this masterpiece boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.











Information
Type of production: Musical

Opened: 21 June 2018

Booking until: 29 September 2018

Running time: 2 Hours 55 mins

Prices: £27.00 - £297.00

Cast: Kelli O'Hara , Ken Watanabe
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