Following a Broadway run, a sell out record breaking season at the world famous London Palladium this production will also be performing in Tokyo, Taiwan, Zurich, Sydney, Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Performing as Anna, fresh from her West End success, will be Annalene Beechey and reprising his critically acclaimed Broadway performance as The King will be Jose Llana*. The two stars have been wowing audiences as theRodgers & Hammerstein’s multi-award winning musical embarked on its international tour earlier this year and now the acting and dancing tour de force will be reunited in the Midlands this festive season.
Annalene said: “I absolutely love playing Anna, she is a dream role for any actress. I’m delighted to bring this wonderful production and our glorious King to the Midlands!”
Jose said: “After playing the King on Broadway and all over the USA this role has such a special place in my heart, so to be able to tour the beautiful UK and see so many of your incredible cities like Birmingham is really exciting for me.”
Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher– fresh from his huge Broadway success of To Kill A Mockingbird– will once again direct this majestic production and be reunited with his celebrated creative team that brought THE KING AND Ito life in London last year.
Other casting includes Cezarah Bonner as Lady Thiang, alongside Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh Guan Tias Prince Chulalongkorn. Philip Bulcock will take on the dual roles of Captain Orton and Sir Edward Ramsay and William M Lee will play Phra Alack. The female ensemble will include Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra, Yuki Ozeki, Ena Yamaguchi and Sian Yeo. The male ensemble will include Iroy Abesamis, Cletus Chan, Steven Hardcastle, Eu Jin Hwang, Jesse Milligan, Prem Rai and Joaquin Pedro Valdes. The Swings will be Rachel Jayne Picar, Nick Len, Jasmine Leung and Samuel How.
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 modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
WHAT THE UK PRESS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE KING AND I:
“THE THEATRICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR“
“Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit”
“Songs, sentiment and spectacle. Sher’s production delivers these in spades”
“We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music – joyous!”
“Looks and sounds ravishing”
*Jose Llana is scheduled to appear at the following performances; from Tue 10 to Sat 14 Dec 2019 inclusive. The producers of The King and I cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist.
Tuesday 10 December 2019 to Saturday 4 January 2020
Tickets on 0844 871 3001*
*Booking fees apply