Additional casting has been unveiled for the tour production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, which commences next month.
Joining the previously revealed Helen George (Call the Midwife) as Anna will be Broadway star Darren Lee (Chicago, Guys and Dolls) in the title role of the King of Siam.
Also joining them will be Dean John-Wilson (The King and I), who will reprise his role as Lun Tha, and 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 (The King And I tour) 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 (The Phantom of the Opera/Wicked) will be the Alternate Anna.
The new production will launch at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre on 30 January 2023, before heading to Wimbledon, Liverpool, Birmingham, Llandudno, Wycombe, Bristol, Dartford, Bradford, Southend, Cardiff, Hull, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent, Southampton, Belfast and Dublin.
Additional venues, as well as casting, will be announced in due course.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical, which tells the story of the tempestuous relationship between British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam, will once again be directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
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