It’s official – director Bartlett Sher brings his Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I to the London Palladium from June 2018!
The transfer will feature the original Broadway stars, with Kelli O’Hara reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Anna, alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe – who made his Broadway debut in the production – as the King.
Based on the Margaret Landon novel Anna and the King of Siam, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the musical for Broadway in 1951. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, it 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. The show contains a superior score of treasured songs, such as Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance.
Fresh from London’s critical smash hit production of Oslo, director Bartlett Sher will reunite 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 choreography will come from Christopher Gattelli, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
The show has run at the London Palladium twice before, in 1979 and 2000, with the latter starring Elaine Paige and Jason Scott Lee, and being nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical. The original London production opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in October 1953, and ran for 946 performances.
The new production has a company of over 50 world-class performers and is already being tipped to be London’s theatrical event of 2018.
The King and I will run for a strictly limited engagement from 21st June – 4th August 2018 at the London Palladium, with tickets on sale now, HERE.
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