Monday, December 17

More dates and first casting news for tour of The King and I

More details and initial casting have been announced for the 2019 UK and Ireland tour of The King and I which will start  next April opening  at Manchester Opera House on 26th April 2019.

Jose Llana (who was in the production on Broadway) will play the King, alongside Annalene Beechey (who understudied for Kelli O'Hara in the West End) as Anna. Further casting is to be announced. Llana and Beechey are currently scheduled to perform at Manchester, Dublin and Sunderland, with further dates to be confirmed.

Also joining the cast will be Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh as Prince Chulalongkorn. Edward Baker-Duly will take on the dual roles of Orton and Ramsay and William M Lee will play Phra Alack. The female ensemble will include Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra and Ena Yamaguchi. The male ensemble will include Irvine Ray Abesamis, Cletus Chan, Steven Hardcastle, Eu Jin Hwang, Jesse Milligan, Prem Rai and Joaquin Pedro Valdes. The Swings will be Rachel Jayne Picar, Nick Len and Jasmine Leung.

The revival has design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber (who won a Tony Award for her designs in New York), lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Scott Lehrer, choreography by Chistoper Gattelli, musicial supervision by Ted Sperling and musical direction by Stephen Ridley.

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