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Milton Keynes Theatre Welcomes The King And I To The Stage This November

Following a critically acclaimed Broadway smash-hit run, a sold-out season at the London Palladium (which resulted in the biggest global live event cinema release of 2018) and a previous record-breaking UK and International tour, this multi-Tony Award-winning production returns to Milton Keynes this autumn.

Seasoned musical theatre star Annalene Beechey (The King and I UK & International Tour / Marguerite / Wicked / Phantom of the Opera) will reprise the role of Anna Leonowens, joining Broadway star and film actor Darren Lee (Hackers / Sisters / Chicago / Guys and Dolls) who will play the title role of The King of Siam.

Joining them is Dean John-Wilson (London Palladium production of The King and I / Aladdin) who will reprise his role as Lun Tha, Marienella Phillips (Henry V / Carmen) who will play Tuptim alongside Cezarah Bonner who returns as Lady Thiang, the King’s head wife. Kok-Hwa Lie(2020 UK Tour of The King And I / Rent) will play the role of Kralahome,Caleb Lagayan (Les Misérables) will play Prince Chulalongkorn, Sam Jenkins-Shaw (The Night Watch / Jane Eyre) takes the role of Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsay and Maria Coyne (Phantom of the Opera / Wicked) will be the Alternate Anna.

This gloriously lavish production is brought to the stage by an internationally renowned creative team under Tony Award-winning directorBartlett Sher (South Pacific / My Fair Lady / To Kill a Mockingbird) and will feature a world-class company of talented performers and a full-scale orchestra.

The King and I is a sumptuous, timeless romance from the golden age of musicals, adored by the public and critics alike – and boasting one of the finest scores ever written, including ‘Whistle a Happy Tune’, ‘Getting to Know You’, and ‘Shall We Dance’.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, The King and I tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

The critical acclaim for Bartlett Sher’s production has been phenomenal. When the show opened at the London Palladium in 2018, West End critics heaped praise on the show: the Daily Mail “left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music”, while The Times awarded the show “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I” declaring it “a hit”. Daily Express hailed it “London’s theatrical event of 2018” whilst The Daily Telegraph concurred proclaiming the show “looks and sounds ravishing”. Another five stars were awarded from the Sunday Express and the Financial Times called it “simply spellbinding”.

Book your tickets now at ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes.


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