The Tony Award-winning 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I will make its long-awaited London bow beginning previews June 21, 2018, at the Palladium Theatre. Opening night is set for July 3.
Kelli O’Hara, who earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of headstrong school teacher Anna Leonowens, will repeat her performance alongside her original co-star, Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam. The production will mark the West End debuts of both.
Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and members of the Broadway creative team will remount the expansive production for London audiences. Tickets to the limited engagement, currently scheduled through August 4, go on sale November 17 at 10 AM.
The Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical, based on the life of Anna Leonowens as well as Margaret Landon's 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, includes classics such as “Hello Young Lovers,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance?,” and “Getting To Know You.”
The revival opened April 16, 2015, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and won the Tony Award as Best Revival of a Musical. O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles won Tonys for their performances as Anna and Ladi Thiang.
O'Hara is currently appearing in New York City Center's gala presentation of Brigadoon. She will return to the Metropolitan Opera in the spring, singing the role of Despina in a new production of Mozart's Così fan tutte. Following her West End bow, the Tony winner will headline a Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate.