Will Broadway’s The King and I Play London?

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Talk of a transfer of the recent production—with Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in tow—is renewed.
Kelli O&#39;Hara and Ken Watanabe in <i>The King and I </i>
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in The King and I Paul Kolnik

The Daily Mail reports that the acclaimed 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I is still eyeing a London transfer. The Bartlett Sher-helmed production, starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, was previously rumored to move to London’s Drury Lane Theatre in late 2016 or early 2017.

According to the Daily Mail, producers reportedly now have their sites on the London Palladium for a limited season in 2018.

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 King and I revival opened April 16, 2015, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and won the Tony Award as Best Revival of a Musical. O’Hara, who starred as Anna, won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, and Ruthie Ann Miles, who played Lady Thiang, won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.

The Lincoln Center Theater production closed on Broadway June 26, 2016. Watch highlights from the revival below:


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