Now London will get a chance to get to know the show as The King and I comes to the Palladium Theatre for summer 2018. Expect a sumptuous love story set against a rich aesthetic of vast hoop skirts and embellished robes. Based loosely on the memoirs of a British governess hired to teach the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s, the musical is a story of conflict, cultural differences and romance.
After premiering on at New York's St James Theatre in 1951, the show was an instant hit. It went on to win Tonys, an Oscar-winning film adaptation and the accolade of forth longest-running show in Broadway History.
Though the 1950s portrayal of the far east is rather dated – particulalry in the song 'Western People Funny' – hit songs including 'Getting to Know You' and 'I Whistle a Happy Tune' ensure that there's plenty to charm contemporary audiences.
Tony-winning Broadway star Kelli O'Hara and Japanese film actor Ken Watanbe are set to reprise their roles as Anna and The King for the London transfer after wowing in in New York.
|What||The King and I, Palladium Theatre|
|Where||London Palladium, Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
21 Jun 18 – 29 Sep 18, Performance times at 2pm and 7pm
|Price||£45 - £100|
|Website||Click here to book|