Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I is hitting the road fresh from its sold-out season at the London Palladium.
The major UK tour of Lincoln Center Theatre’s production includes an exciting Yorkshire stop – Leeds Grand Theatre! You’ll have to wait until late 2019, but you can always get your tickets early and have the excited anticipation all year round.
The production has won four Tony Awards – a pretty impressive accolade. The tour is being produced by the same celebrated creative team that brought the show to the Palladium, with the show being directed by Bartlett Sher.
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical follows the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Lenowens. She is initially brought to Siam by the king to team his many wives and children – but there’s a clear bond between the pair.
You’ll know the song Whistle a Happy Tune. And if you don’t, you should. I personally am more familiar with Getting to Know You – mainly because it’s a regular in-joke with my family as my gran sang it in an am-dram cabaret show once! I’m sure I won’t hate the song so much when it’s being sung by professionals.
And professionals they are. With a full-scale orchestra and a company of over 50 world-class performers this really will be a spectacular musical.
Producer Howard Panter says: “The response from London audiences to this multi award-winning production of The King and I was unprecedented. Critical plaudits, Box Office records and standing ovations at every show – we were overwhelmed with the rapturous response. This really is musical theatre at its very best, so we are thrilled that we can now share this wonderous production with theatre lovers up and down the country next year.”
Don’t miss the show when it comes to Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 29th October to Saturday 9th November 2019.
Photograph credited to Matthew Murphy