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Further casting and extension announced for The King and I at the London Palladium
Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles will join the previously announced Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in the role of Lady Thiang in Bartlett Sher’s production, which has extended its booking period to 8th September 2018.
Miles played the role of the King’s chief wife on Broadway when the production ran at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She makes her West End debut, as do O’Hara and Watanabe, in the London production. The actress was last seen on Broadway in Sunday In The Park With George alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford.
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.
The production opens at the Palladium on 21st June, with an official opening on 3rd July.
Sher directs the production following the transfer of Oslo, the JT Rogers play he directed, form Lincoln Centre Theater to the West End via the National Theatre. The production has set designs by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Scott Leher.
The King and I is at the London Palladium from 21st June.
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