The King and I

Currently touring the UK

The History of The King and I

Based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, The King and I was the fifth musical by creative team Rodgers and Hammerstein. The musical premiered on Broadway on March 29th 1951 and ran for nearly three years, making it the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history at the time. Despite the duo’s doubts, the musical was an instant hit, winning Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical. Since then, it has enjoyed many tours, revivals and awards, while the film adaption starring Yul Brenner and Deborah Kerr won five Academy Awards. Hailing from the golden age of musical theatre – with classics such as Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance – The King And I is loved by audiences and critics alike.

The Story

Set in Bangkok in the 1860s, The King and I follows the story of Anna, a widowed British schoolteacher hired by the King of Siam (now Thailand) to teach his many wives and offspring. At first, Anna finds the country and its culture very different from her own, her employer strict, and her relationship with the King is fraught with tension and conflict. However, over time, they begin to form a bond built on mutual respect and, eventually, an attraction to which neither party can admit.

The Production

After receiving nominations for six Olivier Awards and enjoying successful runs on Broadway and the West End, the Lincoln Center Theater’s production was hailed as ‘the theatrical event of 2018’. Produced by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions and directed by Tony Award-winner Bart Sher (My Fair Lady and South Pacific on Broadway), critics have dubbed the production ‘ravishing’ and ‘sumptuous’. With mesmerising performances by the West End’s Annalene Beechey as Anna and Broadway’s Jose Llana as The King, the production is a stunning celebration of romantic musical theatre.

Very Limited Run

The King and I will be touring the UK throughout 2020, availability in each city is limited, so book your tickets today to avoid disappointment.
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