Critically-acclaimed The King and I comes to The Alexandra Birmingham for Christmas

Direct from a sold out tour at the London palladium, the international tour of The King and I comes to The Alexandra Birmingham this festive season

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A scene from The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s. Credit: Johan Persson

Heading to Birmingham for the festive season in 2019 is The Lincoln Centre Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

Featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, a full scale orchestra and classic songs such as I Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, this critically-acclaimed production, and winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, will visit The Alexandra Birmingham as part of its international tour between December 10  and January 4.

Performing as Anna, fresh from her West End success, will be Annalene Beechey, and reprising his critically acclaimed Broadway performance as The King will be Jose Llana. The two stars have been wowing audiences since the musical embarked on its international tour earlier this year and now the acting and dancing tour de force will be reunited in the Midlands this festive season.

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The Birmingham dates follow a Broadway run and a sell out record-breaking season at the world famous London Palladium. The production will also be performing in Tokyo, India, Taiwan, Zurich, Sydney, Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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The King and I comes to Birmingham for the festive season. Credit: Johan Persson

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Annalene said: “I absolutely love playing Anna, she is a dream role for any actress. I’m delighted to bring this wonderful production and our glorious King to the Midlands!”

Jose said: “After playing the King on Broadway and all over the USA this role has such a special place in my heart, so to be able to tour the beautiful UK and see so many of your incredible cities like Birmingham is really exciting for me.”

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher – fresh from his huge Broadway success of To Kill A Mockingbird – will once again direct this majestic production and be reunited with his celebrated creative team that brought The King and I to life in London.

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Other casting includes Cezarah Bonner as Lady Thiang, alongside Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh Guan Ti as Prince Chulalongkorn. Philip Bulcock will take on the dual roles of Captain Orton and Sir Edward Ramsay and William M Lee will play Phra Alack

To book tickets please visit: KingandIMusical.co.uk

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