The King and I set to transfer to the Dominion Theatre

Posted on 4 April 2023

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless, golden-age classic The King and I is setting sail to the Dominion Theatre! Headed by Call the Midwife star Helen George, this royal, multi-award-winning production has already captured the hearts of audiences across the UK and will commence its West End performances on January 20th 2024! In this stunning story of East meets West, a world of tradition, love and politics awaits. Book your tickets today!

The story of The King and I 

The early 1860s. Newly widowed Anna Leonowens boards a ship from England to the land of Bangkok, Siam. Reeling from her loss and seeking new adventures, Anna accepts the position of a schoolteacher for the royal children of the King of Siam.

Two strong-willed individuals from vastly different worlds, Anna and the King struggle to find common ground, as he aims to incorporate Western education, while she struggles with unfamiliar customs and traditions.

As their relationship progresses, both Anna and the King learn valuable lessons in understanding and respect, as they discover that love can conquer even the greatest of differences. Beneath the surface of their fiercely opinionated exchanges, a heartfelt love story unfolds, in what is one of the most endearing relationships to ever grace the stage. 

The King and I history 

In 1951, The King and I made its Broadway debut and became an instant success, running for three years and earning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical was adapted into a film in 1956, which became the second-highest-grossing film of the year and won five Academy Awards.

In 1996, the musical was revived on Broadway and went on to win the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical Revival. Then, in 2015, a critically acclaimed revival starring Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, and Ruthie Ann Miles earned nine Tony nominations and won four, including Best Revival of a Musical. 

The King and I cast and creatives 

The King and I is directed by Tony Award-winning director Bart Sher, known for his work on acclaimed Broadway productions such as South Pacific and My Fair Lady. The classic musical features book and lyrics by the legendary Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Richard Rodgers. Robert Rusell Bennett is responsible for orchestrations, Stephen Ridley will oversee musical supervision, and James Orange CDG will handle casting direction.

The talented cast includes Helen George, beloved for her role as Trixie on BBC One's Call The Midwife, in the lead role of Anna, alongside Darren Lee as The King of Siam.

The King and I London tickets are available now! 

The King and I will capture your heart and leave you with valuable lessons in understanding and respect. Don't miss out on the chance to see this multi-award-winning show when it comes to the Dominion Theatre in London in January 2023.

By Kevin Thomas

From as early as I can recall, writing has always been my passion. Being able to combine this with my love for theatre has been a rewarding and exhilarating experience. I truly believe that there is magic in seeing a story brought to life on stage, and this is what I would like to promote to audiences.