The King and I for Playhouse

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Broadway hit for Playhouse – October 2019

The Tony Award-winning production of The King And I has been announced for a major UK tour, with booking already open for the Edinburgh Playhouse where it arrives for 15 performances in October 2019.

The UK tour kicks off in Manchester in April, going to Dublin in May and Sunderland in June. Headlining on the tour will be Jose Llana, reprising his Broadway performance as The King and, fresh from the West End, Annalene Beechey as Anna.

Annalene Beechey and Jose Llana

The Lincoln Center Theater’s production transferred to London’s Palladium in June 2018 and has just crowned a triumphant run there with the cinema release of the live production of the show becoming the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018.

Bartlett Sher, who directed the Broadway revival, will helm the touring production with the same creative team that was behind the Palladium production.

The production will also play the Glasgow King’s with booking already open for dates in January 2020. After Edinburgh, it will tour to Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Woking and Southampton.

The musical is based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, the English schoolteacher who became governess to the children of the King of Siam in the early 1860s, and is the fifth musical collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II.

Whistle a Happy Tune

Set in 1860s Bangkok, The King And I tells of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King and Anna, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brought to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

The score of what is regarded by many as the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals, includes Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance. The production features a company of over 50 and full scale orchestra.

Producer Howard Panter says: “The response from London audiences to this multi award-winning production of The King and I was unprecedented.

“This really is musical theatre at its very best, so we are thrilled that we can now share this wondrous production with theatre lovers up and down the country next year.”

Listing

The King and I
Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
Wednesday 16 – Saturday 26 October 2019
Mon – Sat Eve: 7.30pm; Weds 23, Thurs & Sat Mats: 2.30pm.

Tickets and details: Book here.

The King And I on tour:
26 April – 11 May 2019 Manchester
Opera House
0844 871 3018 Book online
21 May – 1 June 2019 Dublin
Bord Gais Energy Theatre
0818 719 377 Book online
5 – 15 June 2019 Sunderland
Sunderland Empire
0844 871 3022 Book online
16 – 26 Oct 2019 Edinburgh
Playhouse
0844 871 3014 Book online
29 Oct – 9 Nov 2019 Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700 Book online
10 Dec 2019 – 4 Jan 2019 Birmingham
The New Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011 Book online
2020
8 – 18 Jan 2020 Cardiff
Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464 Book online
28 Jan – 8 Feb 2020 Glasgow
King’s Theatre
0844 871 7648 Book online
11 – 22 Feb 2020 Hull
New Theatre
01482 300 300 Book online
25 Feb – 7 March 2020 Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
08448 717652 Book online
10 – 21 March 2020 Liverpool
Empire
08448 713 017 Book online
24 March – 4 April 2020 Bristol
Hippodrome
0844 871 3012 Book online
7 – 18 April 2020 Woking
New Victoria
0844 871 7645 Book online
21 April – 2 May 2020 Southampton
The Mayflower Theatre
02380 711811 Book online

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