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Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in The King And I (Photo: Paul Kolnik)

Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara in The King And I (Photo: Paul Kolnik)

Watch: The King And I opening night

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements First Published 4 July 2018, Last Updated 4 July 2018

The West End has been eagerly awaiting the multi-award-winning production of The King And I. And last night, it finally arrived.

We attended the glittering gala night at the London Palladium where Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and the rest of the cast told us about the joys of working together, the themes of the show, friendship etc, etc, etc.


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Though The King And I was written in the mid-1900s, many themes – including equality and dignity for women in society – are as relevant now as they were when it was first performed.

This current production is fresh from its Broadway run which garnered four Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical Revival.

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, The King And I 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 in an effort to modernise the country. But this appointment leads to a bitter conflict – and, secretly, a burgeoning love – between the two, neither of whom are prepared to admit their feelings.

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