Despite an earlier report, the involvement of Ruthie Ann Miles in the upcoming London revival of The King and I remains unconfirmed.
The actor had been scheduled to reprise her Tony-winning performance as Lady Thiang; however, Miles shared that she suffered the loss of her unborn child in May, months after her daughter was killed in a Brooklyn car crash.
It was reported May 31 that Naoko Mori would share the role of Lady Thiang with Miles according to online billing from the production. Playbill reported this information prior to an announcement being made and regrets this decision. An update will follow official confirmation.
The West End revival, starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, will begin June 21 at the London Palladium prior to an official opening July 3.
UPDATE, JUNE 4: The producers of the West End production have provided a statement, saying, “As has always been the case, our thoughts and concerns have only been for Ruthie and her family and to respect their privacy at this most difficult time.“ They add, “Reports suggesting Ruthie has made a decision regarding performing in London are inaccurate. We consider Ruthie a beloved member of The King & I family in the West End, and she is welcome to join the production at any point. However, to be clear, no such decision has been made at this time.”