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The King and I


Spend an evening enjoying the critically acclaimed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that has come to West End after nearly 20 years. Watch the exquisite performances of award-winning actors like Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles.

Why Watch The King and I

Based on Margaret Landon’s famous novel, Anna and the King of Siam, The King and I was a massive hit when it first opened on Broadway in late March 1951, as the show was able to surpass its viewers’ expectations. This masterpiece by legendary duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, went through multiple revivals over the decades before it was refined to its current state.

The show has a unique storyline, which has not lost its flavour even after seven decades, and a wonderful lineup of actors. The incredible performances by Tony Award-winning actress Kelli O’Hara and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe make The King and I one of the top musicals to feature in West End this year.

The Story

Anna Leonowens is a widowed Irish mother who decides to move to Siam with her son Louis when she is offered an opportunity to teach the royal family of Bangkok. Anna soon finds out that the social expectations and culture of this Eastern kingdom are significantly different from the West. The King of Siam is determined to make the world look at him through a fresh lens, and he needs Anna to help him achieve it. Soon, Anna finds herself in the midst of traditions and values that are fundamentally distinct from her own. Anna teaches her students more about the outside world, and the King is occasionally irked by her portrayal of Siam as a small kingdom in a huge world.

The King and Anna, however, begin to grow closer as the days roll by. How will the complex relationship bloom? How will the tension that oozes through the entire musical in the form of clashing perspectives of the world be resolved? A classic musical that is sure to thoroughly entertain, The King and I is a must-watch this year.

Good for

Musical lovers | Lovers of Romantic Drama | Fans of the Original Movie or Play

Critics Reviews

“A nuanced, subtly updated revival”
- The Independent

“There is no scene that does not set out to impress”
- The Times

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday - Saturday 7 PM
Wednesday & Saturday 2 PM

The King and I runs for 2 hours and 55 minutes with one intermission.

Leading Roles
Kelli O'Hara as Anna
Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang
Ken Watanabe as King of Siam

Directed by
Bartlett Sher

Produced by
Howard Panter

Additional Information

Suitable for mature audiences. Children below 5 will not be permitted.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar

The London Palladium has a seating capacity of 2263.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

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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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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