Discover his inspiration for the children’s story about a cheeky little fellow with big dreams of being in the spotlight.
As Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic The King and I prepares to open in the West End on the 21 June 2018, the show has added a further three final weeks, now booking until the 29 September 2018. The extension includes five extra midweek matinee shows.
Dean John-Wilson, who starred in the title role of Disney’s West End production of Aladdin, and Na-Young Jeon have also been added to The King and I’s cast. They’ll play young lovers Lun Tha and Tuptim.
John-Wilson also reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, having since starred in Miss Atomic Bomb, Songs For A New World, Here Lies Love and the UK tour of Sister Act: The Musical.
Na-Young Jeon played Gigi in the international tour of Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables in South Korea and in the West End.
The latest additions join Ruthie Ann Miles and fellow winner Kelli O’Hara as Anna Leonowens, and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King.
The West End production of The King and I will be directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher, having worked on The Lincoln Centre Theatre’s World Premiere of J.T. Rogers’ Oslo.
He will reunite with the celebrated creative team behind South Pacific and the Lincoln Centre Theatre production of My Fair Lady to bring The King and I to the London Palladium.
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical 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 West End revival will as ever feature hit songs such as Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting To Know You, and Shall We Dance.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is now booking until the 29 September 2018. Watch the teaser trailer for the West End production here.
Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.