On Tuesday 25th September 2018 Elliott and I took a very last minute trip to see The King and I directed by Bartlett Sher at the London Palladium. As this show was only on for a very limited time I was desperate to see it before it left to continue its tour around America. Unfortunately, the show left London on the 29th September 2018 but if you manage to catch it I’d definitely recommend going. It will be showing worldwide on November 29th in cinemas which I will definitely be attending!
“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.”
Many of those who went to see this walked in knowing the story growing up with film or from its previous tours. I, however, had never seen the film or show before but was astonished by how much of the musical score I actually knew. It features songs such as I whistle a happy tune & Getting to Know you.
This phenomenal show’s character development, casting and production design were magnificent. I was particularly amazed by the costumes used and the set pieces that were used. The entirety of the stage was used to its full advantage by both actors and sets. Which was impressive as the stage at The London Palladium is huge.
The cast included big theatre names such as Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe who took on the main roles of Anna and the King of Siam. Kelli O’Hara as always received a well-deserved standing ovation as she does wherever she goes. I believe that Na-Young Jeon also deserves a mention and I was blown away by her amazing singing throughout the show. The many children featured also did an amazing job especially considering how little many of them were they managed to touch I believe everyone in the audience’s hearts.
This show was slightly longer than many of the other shows in the west end. It kicked off at 7pm and finished at 10pm with a 20-minute interval in the middle. Although it was longer it definitely didn’t seem it with the evening flying by. This was an extremely memorable night and I will definitely be seeing it again if it were to return to London.
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