New U.K. National Tour of The King and I to Star Ramon Tikaram and Josefina Gabrielle

News   New U.K. National Tour of The King and I to Star Ramon Tikaram and Josefina Gabrielle
A production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I that originated at Leicester Curve in 2010 is to be revived for a new U.K. tour, beginning performances at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre Dec. 14, prior to an official opening Dec. 17. It will star Ramon Tikaram as The King and Josefina Gabrielle as Anna.

After Edinburgh, it will tour to Llandudno, Sheffield, Newcastle, Belfast, Northampton, Oxford, Salford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Plymouth, Woking, Leicester, Bradford and Dublin, through May 2012.

Tikaram is best known for playing Ferdy in TV's "This Life" and Qadim in "EastEnders." Stage credits include the original production of Bombay Dreams, as well as roles in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Ramayana at the National Theatre.

Gabrielle starred as Laurie in Trevor Nunn's National Theatre production of Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman that subsequently transferred to the West End. She also re-created the role in the Broadway run of the production opposite Patrick Wilson. Recent West End credits include Park Avenue Cat, Sweet Charity, The 39 Steps and Chicago.

Also in the cast are Claire-Marie Hall as Tup-Tim, Adrian Li Donni as Lun-tha, Maya Sapone as Lady Thiang, Nicholas Goh as Kralahome, and Gary Wood as Prince Choulalonghorn. The rest of the cast includes Craig Turbyfield, Rowan Lewis Mitchell, Aiko Kato, Makato Leahy, Charlotte Humphrey, Naomi Bailie, Farrah Hussain, Kaho Uchida, Misa Koide, Adam Denman, Matthew Cheney, Lori Hayley Fox and Yuki Ikezawa.

The production is directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by David Needham and musical direction by Julian Kelly. It is designed by Sara Perks with lighting design by Philip Gladwell and sound design by Ben Harrison. It has original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and new orchestrations by Julian Kelly. It is produced by John Stalker for and on behalf of Music and Lyrics Limited, a new nationwide consortium comprised of the UK's major independent touring theatres, which aims to champion musical theatre in all its forms and provide extended life to productions created by the UK's major producing theatres.

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