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Winner of 4 Tony Awards

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December 27 - 30, 2018

Something wonderful indeed. The King and I is a five-handkerchief masterpiece

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Why See Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I?

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Shall We Dance?

The multi-Tony winning The King and I dances its way out of New York on this much anticipated national tour. The latest revival of Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical captures all the old-school Broadway magic of the original, while draping it in a whole new level of opulent finery. It's a brilliant new staging that is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet!

Based on a true story, The King and I traces the blossoming romance between an English governess and the King of 19th Century Siam. Part love story and part culture clash comedy, the show contains some of musical theatre's greatest numbers, from 'Shall We Dance' to 'Getting to Know You', to 'I Whistle A Happy Tune'.

A Brief History

Today considered maybe the legendary duo's greatest accomplishment, The King and I wasn't a sure-fire hit by any means when it first opened back in 1951. Both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein expressed doubts that it would measure up in the public's eyes to their previous effort, South Pacific. Of course they had nothing to worry about, especially with Yul Brynner playing the role of King Mongkut. The musical's reputation was sealed by the subsequent Oscar-winning movie adaptation, which once again featured Brynner, starring alongside Deborah Kerr.

The 2015 Broadway production opened in April and was greeted with unanimous praise from critics, for both its lead actors, Ken Watanabe and Keli O'Hara, and the shows sumptuous stage design. It was nominated for a total of nine Tony Awards, and won four, including Best Revival of a Musical.

What is The King and I About?

Widowed governess Anna Leonowens lands in 1860s Siam (now Thailand) to take up a very special post. She's to live at the palace of King Mongkut and act as teacher to his myriad of offspring, providing them with a secular, westernised education.

Upon arrival, she realises the up hill struggle which lies ahead of her - the Siamese culture is a strange and alienating one, and the king is a critical and arrogant employer. Over time this initial coldness towards each other begins to thaw, and a tentative romance between the pair begins to blossom, but it's a possibility that they're both afraid to recognise.

Did You Know?

While based on a true story, the musical does employ a generous amount of poetic license. Unfortunately for the romantics among us, there is no evidence that the relationship between the real Anna and the King was anything other than strictly professional.

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Opening night: 27 December 2018


Recommended for ages 8+

Run time

Two hours and 55 minutes including one 15 minute interval

Cast and Creative


Elena Shaddow as Anna Leonowens
Jose Llana as The King
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang
Q Lim as Tuptim
Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha
Patrick Boll as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey
Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn
Brian Rivera as Kralahome
Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens
Madeline Trumble as Standby for Anna Leonowens


Book and Music Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Based upon the novel by Margaret Landon
Choreography Jerome Robbins
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Music direction by Ted Sperling
Set design by Michael Yeargan 
Costume design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting design by Donald Holder
Sound design by Scott Lehrer
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett
Dance and incidental music arrangements by Trude Rittmann
Music coordinator by David Lai 
Music directed by Gerald Steichen 
Production stage manager by Peyton Taylor Becker



Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Kelli O'Hara)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ruthie Ann Miles)
Best Costume Design of a Musical


Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ken Watanabe)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Kelli O'Hara)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ruthie Ann Miles)
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical

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9 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)

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Alayne Meeks: “Getting to know The King and I”

i've really never cared for The King and I, but I've only known it from... more

Patrick Quinn: “Simply Perfect”

A masterfully staged production without a weak link in the cast. An... more

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