Jose Llana and Annalene Beechey Will Star in U.K. Tour of The King and I | Playbill

International News Jose Llana and Annalene Beechey Will Star in U.K. Tour of The King and I The two return to the Bartlett Sher production after taking the stage in New York and London, respectively.
Jose Llana Photo by Paul Kolnik

Following a sold-out run at the London Palladium, the Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I will embark on a U.K. tour. The traveling production will launch in April 2019 in Manchester; subsequent stops include Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Bristol.

Annalene Beechey

Set to star are two alums of the Bartlett Sher-helmed staging: Jose Llana and Annalene Beechey. Llana first took on the role of the King of Siam opposite Kelli O'Hara on Broadway, and Beechey served as the standby for the role of Anna during the London run. The two are currently set to headline the tour's first three stops (Manchester, Dublin, and Sunderland), with additional dates to be announced.

The cast will also include Kok-Hwa Lie as Kralahome, Aaron Teoh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Edward Baker-Duly as Orton and Ramsay, and William M Lee as Phra Alack. The ensemble will feature Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra and Ena Yamaguchi, Irvine Ray Abesamis, Cletus Chan, Steven Hardcastle, Eu Jin Hwang, Jesse Milligan, Prem Rai, and Joaquin Pedro Valdes. Rachel Jayne Picar, Nick Len, and Jasmine Leung will serve as swings; additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Sher's production opened at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beamont Theater in April 2015, going on to win the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical later that year. When the production opened at the London Palladium in July this year, three of the New York engagement's original stars reprised their performances: Kelli O'Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles, reprising their Tony-winning turns as Anna Leonowens and Lady Thiang, as well as Ken Watanabe as the King.

The staging was recently preserved in a cinematic presentation through Trafalgar Releasing, becoming the highest-selling theatrical movie theatre event of 2018.

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