The King and I will be returning to the UK for a new tour from January 2023. The musical has seen success on Broadway, the London Palladium and had a previous UK and International tour and now it’s coming to Cardiff!
Casting of the production is to be announced later in 2022.
The tour will follow the cinema release of the live production from the London Palladium which was the biggest live cinema event of 2018 with over 135,000 people going to see it across the globe.
Once again, Barlett Sher will direct the production and will be reuniting the creative team from the Palladium.
The musical tells the story of an unconventional relationship between the king of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher in 1860s Bangkok. The king brings Anna to Siam to teach his wives and children. The company will feature over 50 performers and a full scale orchestra making it a grand relic of the golden age of musical theatre.
Producer Howard Panter says: “We are delighted to take this majestic multi award-winning production of THE KING AND I on a major UK and international tour in 2023.
“The London Palladium season saw critical plaudits, Box Office records and standing ovations at every show – we were overwhelmed with the rapturous response. Coupled with the reaction to the Global cinema screenings of the film version – which was the biggest theatre event in cinemas of the year and number one at the Box Office.”
“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.”
The King and I will open in Canterbury,before playing the Bristol Hippodrome on March 27 2023 and Cardiff’s New Theatre on April 24 2023.