Full casting has been announced for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of The King & I, Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Theater revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
As already announced, Call the Midwife star Helen George will play the lead role of Anna in the show.
She will be joined by Broadway stage star Darren Lee (Chicago, Guys and Dolls) as the King of Siam, with Dean John-Wilson (The King and I) as Lun Tha, Marienella Phillips (Henry V) as Tuptim, and Cezarah Bonner as Lady Thiang.
Other cast include Kok-Hwa Lie (The King & I) as Kralahome, Caleb Lagayan (Les Misérables) as Prince Chulalongkorn, Sam Jenkins-Shaw (The Night Watch) as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsay, and Maria Coyne (The Phantom of the Opera) as Alternate Anna.
The ensemble includes Chi Chan, Jeffrey Chekai, Emily Grace-Ling, Cher Nicolette Ho, Rachel Wang-Hei Lau, Daniel Len, Candy Ma, Rachel MacDougall, Amelia Kinu Muus, Yuki Ozeki, Kitt Pakapom, Prem Rai, Ria Tanaka, Hiromi Toyooka, Jasmine Triadi, Jensen Tudtud, Qinwen Xue and Jason Yang-Westland.
In terms of the child actors, Harry Altoft, Dexter Barry, Max Ivemey and Charlie McGuire play Anna’s son Louis; and Bethany Campbell, Coco Bridger, Cody Concha, Ethan Fung, Dulcie-Bella Hackley, Caitlin Lau, Khun Cho Lwin, Angelica Quynh An Nguyen, Tenzin Noryang, Sabri Leonel Puci, Niall Rina, Francis Benedict Sarte, Mia Snowdon, Yuen Zhai and Phoebe Zhao-Welsh play the Royal children.
The tour starts at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on 4 February 2023, with other dates including Wimbledon, Liverpool, Birmingham, Llandudno, High Wycombe, Bristol, Dartford, Bradford, Southend, Cardiff, Glasgow and Dublin.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much-loved musical is an uplifting East meets West tale, and boasts a score featuring classics such as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful”.
This revival of The King and I played the London Palladium in 2018 starring the show’s Broadway lead, Kelli O’Hara.