Further casting announced for The King And I

Further casting announced for The King And I

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Parissima Darabiha
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    Dean John-Wilson and Na-Young Jeon join the West End cast of The King and I as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim. They will join Tony Award winner and “Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen” (Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe and Tony award-winning Ruthie Ann Miles. 

    The King and I has also announced that the London Palladium engagement will extend for a final three weeks until 29 September 2018. This is the very last opportunity West End audiences will have to see the Broadway stars reprise their original roles on the London stage, as Kelli O’Hara will return to Broadway to star in Kiss Me Kate and Ken Watanabe has filming commitments.

    Five extra matinees on Thursdays have also been added to the London Palladium performance schedule. This follows continued unprecedented demand for tickets, with early performances already sold out. Much like it’s acclaimed 16-month run at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and record-breaking sold-out USA tour, The King and I is tipped to be London’s must-see musical of 2018.  

    Dean John-Wilson played the title role in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre and was a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008.  His other theatre credits include Miss Atomic Bomb and Songs For a New World at The St James’ Theatre, Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Sister Act: The Musical UK Tour. 

    Netherlands born Na-Young Jeon played Gigi in the international tour of Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Misérables in South Korea and in the West End. Other theatre work includes Esmerelda in Notre Dame de Paris in South Korea and Bianca in Kiss Me Kate in Amsterdam. 

    Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on The Lincoln Center Theater’s world premiere of J.T. Rogers’ smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway before transferring to the National Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre in October last year to rave reviews. He, along with the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific and the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady which began previews this week, will reunite to bring this majestic production to life at the London Palladium.   

    With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, this masterpiece is one of their finest works, boasting a score of beloved classics, such as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.

    Set in 1860s Bangkok, The King and I tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.

    Tickets for the final three weeks of The King and I are now on sale - Click here to book tickets.

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