The multiple Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I – currently enjoying West End success – is to be released in cinemas around the world this autumn by Trafalgar Releasing. The King & I: From The Palladium, filmed on stage at the London Palladium, will open in cinemas for one night only on 29 November.
Directed by Bartlett Sher, the production first opened on Broadway in 2015 for a 16 month run at the Lincoln Center Theater. This was followed by a record-breaking sold-out USA tour. The show then transferred to the London Palladium in June 2018, with the three original Broadway lead actors reprising their starring roles – Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles.
The London production continues to smash box office records – including the biggest grossing week in the London Palladium’s history, taking £1,058,317.50 for an eight-performance week.
Also starring in this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is the multi-award-winning actor, and star of one of Japan’s most popular television series JIN, Takao Osawa as The Kralahome and Dean John-Wilson and Na-Young Jeon as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.
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.”
Producer Howard Panter says: “This multi-award-winning lavish production of The King & I directed by Bartlett Sher is not to be missed. From the three outstanding leading actors – Kelli, Ken and Ruthie – to the amazing supporting company, the sumptuous set design, the incredible choreography and of course the wonderful score, this really is musical theatre at its very best. It’s a visual spectacular that everyone should experience and I’m thrilled that via this cinema release the show will get an even wider global audience.”