West End hit The King and I announces UK tour

Tony Award-winning musical, The King And I, has announced a UK tour featuring Broadway and West End stars, Jose Llana and Annalene Beechey, at some venues it was announced today.

This critically acclaimed smash hit has recently enjoyed a sold out record breaking season at the London Palladium.

This unmissable production will open in Manchester in April. The news of the tour comes hot on the heels of the cinema release of the live production of The King And I: From The London Palladium, which has become the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018 following last week’s first global screenings.

The production in cinemas has taken in excess of $2.5m at the box office. In the UK the film reached number one with more than double the box office of the next film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the touring production.

Joining the cast will be Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh as Prince Chulalongkorn.

Edward Baker-Duly will take on the dual roles of Orton and Ramsay and William M Lee will play Phra Alack.

The female ensemble will include Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra and Ena Yamaguchi.

The male ensemble will include Irvine Ray Abesamis, Cletus Chan, Steven Hardcastle, Eu Jin Hwang, Jesse Milligan, Prem Rai and Joaquin Pedro Valdes.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher who the modernist King brings to Siam to teach his wives and children.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s score is one of the finest ever written and includes Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance.

Featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers and full scale orchestra the show is one of the greats from the golden age of musicals.

Producer Howard Panter said: “The response from London audiences to this multi award-winning production was unprecedented.

“Critical plaudits, box office records and standing ovations at every show – we were overwhelmed with the rapturous response.

“This really is musical theatre at its very best, so we are thrilled that we can now share this wonderous production with theatre lovers up and down the country next year.”

THE KING AND I – 2019/2020 UK TOUR DATES

Manchester Opera House, 26 April – 11 May 2019
Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre 21 May – 1 June 2019
Sunderland Empire 5 June – 15 June 2019
Edinburgh Playhouse 16 October – 26 October 2019
Leeds Grand Theatre 29 October – 9 November 2019

Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre 10 December 2019 – 4 January 2020
Cardiff Millenium Centre 8 January – 18 January 2020
Glasgow King’s Theatre 28 January – 8 February 2020
Hull New Theatre 11 February – 22 February 2020
Milton Keynes Theatre 25 February – 7 March 2020
Liverpool Empire Theatre 10 March – 21 March 2020
Bristol Hippodrome 24 March – 4 April 2020
Woking New Victoria Theatre 7 April – 18 April 2020
Southampton Mayflower Theatre 21 April – 2 May 2020

*Jose Llana and Annalene Beechey are currently scheduled to perform at Manchester, Dublin and Sunderland, with further dates to be announced

Watch the original West End trailer starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe.

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