Record-breaking musical The King and I is coming to Bristol next year. The London Palladium production of the Broadway smash hit will be at the Bristol Hippodrome from March 28-April 1, 2023.
The UK tour follows the cinema release of the live production of The King and I: From the London Palladium, which was the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018. More than 135,000 movie-goers packed cinemas across the globe for the initial performance to watch the production, which was filmed on stage at the iconic London theatre.
Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the production and be reunited with the celebrated creative team that brought the production to life at the London Palladium.
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Set in 1860s 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.
With one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, it features a company of over 50 world-class performers and full scale orchestra. The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is one of the greatest musicals from the golden age of musicals.
Producer Howard Panter says: “We are delighted to take this majestic multi award-winning production of The King and I on a major UK and international tour in 2023. The London Palladium season saw critical plaudits, box office records and standing ovations at every show – we were overwhelmed with the rapturous response.
“Coupled with the reaction to the global cinema screenings of the film version, which was the biggest theatre event in cinemas of the year and number one at the box office, this really is musical theatre at its very best. We are thrilled that we can now share this wondrous production with theatre lovers up and down the country next year.”
Tickets for The King and I at Bristol Hippodrome are on sale here.