This Showtime coach break with National Holidays provides a one in a lifetime opportunity to see Lincoln Center Theater’s highly acclaimed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s King & I at London’s most iconic theatre, the London Palladium.
Despite initial worries by Rodgers and Hammerstein that the King & I wouldn’t’ live up to their previous hit South Pacific, the King & I has gone on to become one of the world’s most successful and much loved musicals winning countless awards during its 65 year history.
After premiering at the St. James Theatre in 1951, The King & I went on to become one of the longest running musicals on Broadway playing 1,246 performances before enjoying further success on screen when turned into a multiple Oscar winning film in 1956, starring Yul Brynner.
Despite its overwhelming screen success increasing its popularity, the King & I’s roots will forever remain on the stage. The latest revival of The King and I has been widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, winning no fewer than four Tony Awards during its triumphant run in New York in 2016.
This stunning production which marks the show’s 65th Anniversary sees the original Broadway cast hop over the pond to reprise their roles with Tony Award winner for Best Actress, Kelli O’Hara as Anna, Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang and Oscar award nominee Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam.
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical is a tale of East meets West and the chemistry between the Imperial King of Siam and Anna, a refined Welsh widow employed to educate the royal children.
Inspired by a true story of Anna Leonowens chronicled memoirs of working as a governess in the royal palace of Siam, this musical is a not your classic love story but one set against a backdrop of conflict and cultural clashes that will leave you royally entertained.
Featuring some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs including “Getting to Know You”, “Hello” “Young Lovers”, “I Have Dreamed” and “Shall We Dance?” the King & I is one of the greatest musicals of all time from a golden age of theatre that is the hottest ticket in theatreland for 2018.