Tickets for a UK tour of THE KING AND I have been released for Manchester and Sunderland next year.
Although an official press release is yet to come, tickets have been put on sale for the Rogers and Hammerstein classic for the Manchester Opera House in April 2019, and the Sunderland Empire in June 2019. The UK tour will be based on the production, directed by award winner Bartlett Sher, that ran at the London Palladium earlier this year. That production starred Ken Wantanbe and Kelli O’Hara, reprising their roles from the 2015 New York revival. Casting for this tour is still to be announced.
The 1951 classic is based on a diary, entitled Anna and the King, which tells the story of young Westerner Anna Leonowens, who is brought to the court of the king of Siam to become the tutor for his children.
The musical, which was adapted into a movie starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in 1956, features several classic songs, including ‘Shall We Dance’, ‘Getting to Know You’, ‘Hello Young Lovers’ and ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune’.
Directed by Bartlett Sher, this revival of THE KING AND I opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Centre, New York in 2015. The production opened to critical acclaim, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival that year. The piece starred Ken Wantanbe as the King, earning him a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, as well as Kelli O’Hara as Anna, who took home the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. The production transferred to the West End’s London Palladium in 2018 for a limited run with its leading cast intact. The revival once again earned unanimous praise. The Palladium version was filmed and will screen to cinemas worldwide on 29th November.
THE KING AND I features design by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.
Tickets for Manchester and Sunderland are on sale now.