Additional casting has been unveiled for the touring production of The King and I, which commences soon in Canterbury.
Joining 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. Dean John-Wilson (The King and I) will reprise his role as Lun Tha and Marienella Phillips (Henry V/Carmen) 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 ensemble includes Chi Chan, Jeffrey Chekai, Emily Grace-Ling, Cher Nicolette Ho, Rachel Wang-Hei Lau, Daniel Len, Candy Ma, Rachel MacDougall, Amelia Kinu Muus, Yuki Ozeki, Kitt Pakapom, Prem Rai, Ria Tanaka, Hiromi Toyooka, Jasmine Triadi, Jensen Tudtud, Qinwen Xue and Jason Yang-Westland.
Harry Altoft, Dexter Barry, Max Ivemey and Charlie McGuire will play Louis, Anna’s son.
Bethany Campbell, Coco Bridger, Cody Concha, Ethan Fung, Dulcie-Bella Hackley, Caitlin Lau, Khun Cho Lwin, Angelica Quynh An Nguyen, Tenzin Noryang, Sabri Leonel Puci, Niall Rina, Francis Benedict Sarte, Mia Snowdon, Yuen Zhai and Phoebe Zhao-Welsh will play the Royal children.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical tells the story of the tempestuous relationship between British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam and will once again be directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
THE KING AND I – 2023 UK TOUR DATES
4–11 February – Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
14–18 February – Wimbledon New Theatre
21–25 February – Liverpool Empire Theatre
28 Feb–4 March – Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
7–11 March – Llandudno Venue Cymru
14–18 March – High Wycombe Swan Theatre
28 Mar–1 April – Bristol Hippodrome
4–8 April – Dartford Orchard Theatre
11–15 April – Bradford Alhambra Theatre
18–22 April – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
25–29 April – Cardiff New Theatre
2–6 May – Hull New Theatre
16–20 May – Glasgow Kings Theatre
27 June–1 July – Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
*Helen George will perform on Wednesday – Saturday performances, at venues up to and including Cardiff New Theatre