The cast is set for the West End transfer of the Tony-winning revival of The King and I, which begins previews June 21 prior to an official opening July 3 at the London Palladium.
Takao Osawa, the star of the popular Japan TV series JIN, will play the Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam; he joins the previously reported Tony winner Kelli O’Hara as Anna, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King, Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha, and Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim.
Other new additions to the cast include Jon Chew (Angels in America) in the role of Prince Chulalongkorn, Edward Baker-Duly (Wizard of Oz, South Pacific) in the dual roles of Sir Edward Ramsay and Captain Orton, and Annalene Beechey (Les Miserables, Into the Woods).
The ensemble will feature Kamm Kunaree, Jacqui Sanchez, Miiya Alexandra, Ena Yamaguchi, Ela Lisondra, Aiko Kato, Lily Wang, Yuki Abe, Saori Oda, Misa Koide, William Mychael Lee, Alistair So, Arthur Lee, Jorge Sprangers, Jonathan Caguioa, Cletus Chan, Jesse Milligan, Nick Len, Steven Hardcastle, Nicholas Li, Rachel Jayne Picar, and Jasmine Leung.
Due to ticket demand, an extra performance has been added to the London Palladium season in the final week on September 25.
Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and members of the Broadway creative team will remount the expansive production for London audiences. The revival first opened at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont April 16, 2015, going on to win Tonys for Best Revival of a Musical, O'Hara and Miles' performances, and costume designer Catherine Zuber.