Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed Lincoln Centre Theater production of The King and I will transfer to London’s West End in March 2018.
The celebrated production will see West End debuts for Broadway musical royalty Kelli O’Hara, who reprises her Tony Award-winning role of Anna Leonowens, together with film star, Oscar and Tony nominee Ken Watanabe, who will star in the title role of The King of Siam.
Sher’s highly anticipated production received stunning reviews from Broadway’s most respected critics including:
“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime” Wall Street Journal
“Breathtaking. Exquisite. Remarkable” New York Times
“[a] landmark production and a shot of purest rapture” The Hollywood Reporter
“Splendid! This just may be, in fact, the finest staging of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in my experience” The Washington Post
“Simply divine. You can’t overstate how stunningly beautiful, how achingly well sung this new revival is.” New York Post
“Absolutely stunning. Kelli O’Hara is ravishing. Ken Watanabe is powerfully seductive” Variety
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score featuring beloved classics “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful”.
The King and I will begin previews from 21 June 2018 at the London Palladium, with opening night on 3 July 2018.
The creative team on The King and I will include Tony Award winning costume design Catherine Zuber, set designer Michael Yeargan, lighting designer Donald Holder and sound designer Scott Lehrer.
Choreography by Christopher Gattelli will be based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
Full casting for this production is to be announced.
The King and I runs from 21 June 2018 until 4 August 2018 at the London Palladium.