The King And I to open UK tour at Manchester Opera House

Manchester theatre - Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) will appear in The King and I at Manchester Opera House

The critically-acclaimed Broadway smash hit The King And I will embark on a major UK tour, opening at Manchester Opera House.

The multiple Tony Award winning production will see Jose Llana reprise his role as The King.  Annalene Beechey will perform as Anna, fresh from her West End success.

The King And I opens at Manchester Opera House on 26 April for a three week run before visiting Dublin, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Woking and Southampton.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the production and be reunited with the creative team that brought this production of The King And I to life at the Palladium earlier this year.



Also joining the cast will be Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh as Prince Chulalongkorn. Edward Baker-Duly will take on the dual roles of Orton and Ramsay, and William M Lee will play Phra Alack. The female ensemble will include Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra and Ena Yamaguchi. The male ensemble will include Irvine Ray Abesamis, Cletus Chan, Steven Hardcastle, Eu Jin Hwang, Jesse Milligan, Prem Rai and Joaquin Pedro Valdes. The Swings will be Rachel Jayne Picar, Nick Len and Jasmine Leung.

What is The King And I about?

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.  The modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings Leonowens to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

The score includes Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance.  The musical features a company of over 50 world-class performers, and full scale orchestra.

When does The King And I run at Manchester Opera House?

The King and I plays at Manchester’s Opera House from 26th April – 11th May 2019

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