Takao Osawa joins the cast of The King and I

Takao Osawa joins the cast of The King and I

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Parissima Darabiha
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    Major Japanese television and film star Takao Osawa will join the cast of The King and I and play the role of the Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam, when the smash hit musical transfers from Broadway to the London Palladium this Summer for “London’s theatrical event of 2018” (Daily Express).

    Due to high demand,  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I also announces an additional Tuesday performance in its final week on 25 September 2018.  This is in addition to the five extra Thursday matinees previously announced. Much like its acclaimed 16-month run at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and record-breaking sold-out USA tour, The King & I is tipped to be London’s must-see musical of 2018.

    Takao Osawa is the star of one of Japan’s most popular television series Jin, which has been likened by many in Japan to the BBC’s legendary time-travelling Doctor Who. He will join an illustrious cast led by Tony Award winner and “Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen” (Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara as Anna, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King, Tony award-winning Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha and Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim.

    Takao Osawa swept up a total of seven awards as Best Actor for Jin. He was also the recipient of the Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on Japanese film Metro ni notte. His credits also include the multi-award winning Wolf Children, Goemon, A Terminal Trust, The Lion Standing in the Wind and Hana Moyu.

    Also joining the London cast are Jon Chew (Angels in America) in the role of Prince Chulalongkorn, Edward Baker-Duly (Wizard Of Oz, South Pacific) in dual roles as Sir Edward Ramsay and Captain Orton alongside Annalene Beechey (Les Miserables, Into The Woods). The full ensemble cast of singers, actors and dancers will feature Kamm Kunaree, Jacqui Sanchez, Miiya Alexandra, Ena Yamaguchi, Ela Lisondra, Aiko Kato, Lily Wang, Yuki Abe, Saori Oda, Misa Koide, William Mychael Lee, Alistair So, Arthur Lee, Jorge Sprangers, Jonathan Caguioa, Cletus Chan, Jesse Milligan, Nick Len, Steven Hardcastle, Nicholas Li, Rachel Jayne Picar and Jasmine Leung.

    Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on the world premiere of J.T. Rogers’ smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway and then transferred to London last year to rave reviews. He will reunite with the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific and the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady to bring this majestic production to life at the London Palladium.

    Now booking from 21 June to 30 September 2018, secure your The King and I tickets today!