Following a critically acclaimed season at the London Palladium, the award-winning Lincoln Centre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I will tour the UK in 2019-20. The King and I UK Tour will star Jose Llana and Annalene Beechey.
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical 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.
With a superior score of treasured songs including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre. The greatest musical from the golden age of theatre.
The King And I UK Tour will star Broadways Jose Llana as the King and Annalene Beechey as Miss Anna. (Jose and Annalene are currently scheduled to perform in Manchester, Dublin and Sunderland).
Also joining the cast will be Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh as Prince Chulalongkorn. Edward Baker-Duly will take on the dual roles of Orton and Ramsay and William M Lee will play Phra Alack. The female ensemble will include Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra and Ena Yamaguchi. The male ensemble will include Irvine Ray 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 and Jasmine Leung.
Producer Howard Panter says: “The response from London audiences to this multi award-winning production of The King and I was unprecedented. Critical plaudits, Box Office records and standing ovations at every show – we were overwhelmed with the rapturous response. Coupled with the reaction to the Global cinema screenings of the film version – which is the biggest theatre event in cinemas of the year and number one at the Box Office. This really is musical theatre at its very best, so we are thrilled that we can now share this wonderous production with theatre lovers up and down the country next year.”
The King and I features music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and is directed by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher.
THE KING AND I UK TOUR
11 – 22 February 2020
New Theatre Hull, Ipswich
25 February – 7 March 2020
Milton Keynes Theatre
10 – 21 March 2020
Liverpool Empire Theatre
24 March – 4 April 2020
7 – 18 April 2020
New Victoria Theatre Woking
21 April – 2 May 2020
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
5 – 17 May 2020
New Wimbledon Theatre