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Kings of London Theatre

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 5 May 2023, Last Updated 17 May 2023

In celebration of the historic Coronation this weekend, we’re taking a look at some of the Kings you can see on London stages. Find out more about these regal characters below!

Richard III

Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh directs and stars in this electric new production of Richard III at the Rose Theatre Kingston. Set in the rural Cotswolds, this production is infused with Morris dancing and an original score inspired by traditional folk music, bringing a sense of its English setting to life. Plus, you get to learn more about a real King from British history while you watch!

King George III

King George III is surely the best cameo-style role in any musical ever. Providing hilarious comedy relief – and a tantrum or two – throughout the musical hit Hamilton, it’s the dream role for any musical theatre actor wanting to flex their comedic muscles.

The Tudor Kings in Horrible Histories

Truly the masters of laughing while you learn, you’ll meet a whole host of real life British Kings in Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors. From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, you’ll get a whistlestop tour of the ups and downs of the Tudor era and its endless monarchs. Horrible Histories shows are recommended for ages 5 to 105, so whether you’re entertaining a little one or – like me – you grew up reading the books and secretly just want to see it yourself, get booking!

Simba and Mufasa in The Lion King

Two of the most iconic Kings to walk the earth since 1994, Mufasa and Simba (spoiler alert) both reign supreme over the plains of the Serengeti. Be transported around the world with the beautiful set design and incredible masks and costumes in Disney’s The Lion King and see how they do royalty in the animal kingdom.

King Mongkut in The King And I

Straight from the golden age of musicals, this multi award-winning Broadway production of The King And I comes to the Dominion fresh from a UK tour. Directed by Bartlett Sher – recently Olivier nominated for his direction of To Kill A Mockingbird – this production is not to be missed! 


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