Details confirmed for The King and I at the London Palladium in 2018
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical will be revived in London from June 2018
Sher’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, who will both reprise their roles as Anna and The King. The pair were both nominated for Tony Awards during the Broadway run in 2015, with O’Hara going on to win the award for Best Leading Actress.
Featuring a score with numbers such as “Something Wonderful”, “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “I Have Dreamed” and “Shall We Dance?”, the musical is about Anna, an English teacher who is employed by the King of Siam in an effort to try and modernise his country, but their relationship and its conflicts takes its toll.
Kelli O’Hara made her Broadway debut in the 2000 Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde, and is a six-time Tony Award nominee following roles in shows such as The Light in the Piazza (2005), The Pajama Game (2006) and South Pacific (2008).
Ken Watanabe became the first Japanese actor to be nominated for a Tony Award following the Broadway revival of The King and I, which was also his Broadway debut. Prior to the musical, he was known for his screen work in films such as Transformers, Godzilla and Inception.
Bartlett Sher’s production of the musical was first seen at Lincoln Center Theater, where he has been resident director since 2008. His production of Oslo, currently at the Harold Pinter Theatre, also transferred from Lincoln Center.
The production will have set designs by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Scott Leher.
The King and I Tickets are available now.