West End actress Annalene Beechey will join the UK tour of The King and I.
Beechey will reprise the role of Anna Leonowens, joining Broadway star and film actor Darren Lee (Hackers, Sisters, Chicago, Guys and Dolls) who will play the title role of The King of Siam.
Annalene Bechey’s theatre credits include The King and I – UK & International Tour, Marguerite, Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and The Phantom of the Opera (His Majesty’s Theatre).
Annalene Beechey said: “I am absolutely delighted to be reprising the role of Anna Lenowens in this wonderfully lavish production of The King and I. To sing such a wonderful classic score by Rodgers & Hammerstein is thrilling. That coupled with a glorious set, exquisite costumes and of course an incredible company of actors and musicians makes this the perfect show to bring to audiences around the country”.
The multi Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I continues to tour the UK and Ireland throughout the summer with performances at Glasgow Kings Theatre (16 – 20 May), Newcastle Theatre Royal (23 – 27 May), Stoke-On-Trent Regent Theatre (30 May – 3 June), Southampton Mayflower (13 – 17 June), Belfast Grand Opera House (20 – 24 June) and Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (27 June – 1 July). Further tour dates are to be announced.
The lavish production is brought to the stage by an internationally renowned creative team under Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, My Fair Lady, To Kill a Mockingbird) and will feature a world-class company of talented performers and a full-scale orchestra.
Joining Annalene Beechey and Darren Lee is Dean John-Wilson (London Palladium production of The King and I, Aladdin) who will reprise his role as Lun Tha, Marienella Phillips (Henry V, Carmen) who will play Tuptim alongside Cezarah Bonner who returns as Lady Thiang, the King’s head wife, Kok-Hwa Lie (2020 UK Tour of The King And I, Rent) will play the role of Kralahome, Caleb Lagayan (Les Misérables) will play Prince Chulalongkorn, Sam Jenkins-Shaw (The Night Watch, Jane Eyre) takes the role of Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsay and Maria Coyne (The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked) will be the 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. Harry Altoft, Dexter Barry, Max Ivemey and Charlie McGuire will play Louis, Anna’s son. 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 will play the Royal children.
Following a critically acclaimed Broadway smash-hit run, a sold-out season at the London Palladium (which resulted in the biggest global live event cinema release of 2018) and a previous record-breaking UK and International tour, this multi-Tony Award-winning production returns to venues all over the country this summer and autumn.
The King and I is a sumptuous, timeless romance from the golden age of musicals, adored by the public and critics alike – and boasting one of the finest scores ever written, including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance.
The King and I will also return to London’s West End next year – playing at the Dominion Theatre from 20 January to 2 March 2024. This limited run will star Call The Midwife’s Helen George.
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