The critically acclaimed and Tony-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, now playing at London’s Palladium Theatre, will be released in cinemas for a special two-day event. The screenings, which star Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, and Ruthie Ann Miles from the Broadway production and now wowing audiences in London, will come to us courtesy of Trafalgar Releasing. The King and I: From the Palladium will open in cinemas globally on Friday, November 29, 2018, with an encore presentation exclusively in the United States on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Director Bartlett Sher says: “The response from the theatre audiences on Broadway, throughout America on tour and now in London at the Palladium has been phenomenal. They have really taken this show into their hearts. I’m delighted that the worldwide cinema release will now give a greater number of people the opportunity to enjoy this production of which we are all so proud.”
The filmed The King and I: From the Palladium, will also feature one of Japan’s most popular television series stars, Takao Osawa as The Kralahome and Dean John-Wilson and Na-Young Jeon as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.
“Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.” The musical features a beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein score comprised of such show tune standards as “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Getting to Know You,” “A Puzzlement,” “We Kiss in a Shadow” and “Shall We Dance?.”
The King and I: From the Palladium is produced by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions, GWB Entertainment, BookMyShow, Tokyu Theatre Orb, Tulchin/Bartner, David Lazar in Association with Kham Inc., and Trafalgar Releasing.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, August 31, 2018, at KingAndIMusicalCinema.com.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.