Due to phenomenal demand, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s has made a FINAL extension until 29 September at the iconic London Palladium. Reprising their Tony Award-winning roles are Kelli O’Hara as Anna and Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang. Tony and Oscar award nominee Ken Watanabe will also be reprising his titular role as the King of Siam. These original Broadway stars are making their UK debuts in this West End revival. Joining the cast are major Japanese film and television star Takao Osawa as the Kralahome, trusted adviser to the King of Siam. Young lovers Lun Tha and Tuptim will be played by the original West End star of Aladdin Dean John-Wilson, and rising star Na-Young Jeon.

In addition to the three final weeks added, there will be five extra matinees on Thursdays (30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September) added to the London Palladium performance schedule. This follows an overwhelming demand for tickets, with early performances already completely sold out.

This classic musical tale of East meets West brings us to the court of the King of Siam who is eager to change the way he is viewed by the world. Anna, a refined Welsh widow is tasked with educating the royal children in the ways of the West. What could ever develop between two people so firmly rooted in their personal, and often deeply opposed, traditions and values?

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe were both widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for their performances in the Broadway revival.The production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards and came away with 4, including one for Kelli O’Hara for Best Leading Actress. Both O’Hara and Watanabe will make the jump across the pond to reprise their roles in the West End revival of The King and I.

The King and I features such beloved classics as I Have Dreamed, Getting to Know You, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Shall We Dance, and Something Wonderful.Howard Panter’s The King and I is scheduled to return to the London Palladium in June 2018. The Tony award-winning Broadway show was produced by Howard Panter and directed by Bartlett Sher. This winning team and the stars of the Broadway revival will bring The King and I back to the London Palladium after nearly twenty years.