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Witness two worlds collide in this epic musical that tells the story of an unconventional bond that blooms between the King of Siam and Anna, an ordinary British school teacher who comes to work under him.

Why Watch The King And I

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works hailing from the golden age of musicals, The King and I, is a testament to the lavish heritage celebrated across romantic musical theatres. Nominated for six Oliver Awards, and deemed ‘the theatrical event of 2018,’ the musical has enjoyed a long-standing success in Broadway and West End. Produced by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions and directed by Tony Award-winner Bart Sher (My Fair Lady and South Pacific on Broadway), The King and I is all set to embark upon a world tour to charm audiences all over. The musical involves glitz, glitter, and dark thematic content, tackling forbidden love, independence, identity, and the conquering of prejudices With timeless music, timely themes, and seductive performances, Sher’s production is a boisterous classic.

The Story

The story involves a widowed school teacher, Anna Leonowens, from the UK, who travels to Siam in the early 1860s to work for the King. The King feels determined about ushering Siam into the modern age, and thus takes measures to introduce his offsprings to the many wonders of Western education. Called upon to serve as a governess to his children, Anna sets her sights on an adventure. However, Anna, with her strong-willed opinions and the King with his barbaric principles struggle to find common ground. Eventually, Anna’s kindness wins the king over, fueling mutual understanding and establishing a deeper meaning to their relationship. The musical also features a subplot that revolves around the forbidden love between slave Tuptim and Lun Tha.

Good For

Fans of Romantic Musicals | Culture Aficionados

Critics Review

“Bartlett Sher's direction is sensitive, imaginative and takes a real delight in the material with which he is working.” - British Theatre Guide

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Opening: 17 Oct 2019
End: 26 Oct 2019

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 7:30 PM
Wed and Sat 2:30 PM
Fri 18 2:30 PM
Thu 24 2:30 PM

Leading Roles
Jose Llana as The King
Annalena Beechey as Anna
Cezarah Bonner as Lady Thiang
Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha
Kamm Kunaree as Tuptim

Bartlett Sher

Michael Yeargan

Musical Director
Stephen Ridley

Top Songs
"Whistle a Happy Tune" "Getting to Know You" and "Shall We Dance"

Additional Info

2 hrs 55 min, including intermission

Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3AA, United Kingdom

Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed in the theatre

Available Facilities
Theatre Bar
Enhanced Performances

Edinburgh Playhouse has a seating capacity of 3,059

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly

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Cancellation Policy

All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

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