The King and I set for London Palladium run in 2018
Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center Theater production is set to transfer with cast members Kelli O’Hara, who won a Tony Award for her role as Anna, and Ken Watanabe, who made his Broadway debut in the musical. The production will begin previews at the Palladium form 21st June 2018, booking until 4th August.
The musical is about Anna, an English teacher who is employed by the King of Siam in an effort to try and modernize his country, but their relationship and its conflicts takes its toll. The score includes the well-known numbers “Something Wonderful”, “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “I Have Dreamed” and “Shall We Dance?”.
Sher’s production ran at the Vivian Beaumont Theater from April 2015 to June the following year, with the New York Times critic Ben Brantley hailing it a "resplendent production".
The King and I was last seen in London at the London Palladium in 2000, directed by Christopher Renshaw and starring Elaine Paige. The show went on to be nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical production. The show originally ran in London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in October 1953, and ran for 946 performances. The cast featured Muriel Smith, Herbert Lom, and Valerie Hobson, for whom it was her last stage role.
The King and I Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 17th November.