The King and I

Rodgers and Hammerstein

The King and I

Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

This now legendary production of The King and I won the triple crown of awards, the Tony, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for Best Musical Revival. It was also awarded numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards including Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design, and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. 

Whilst the sumptuous costumes and gilded sets have travelled the world, it all started in Australia, with a dream to create a version which was not just a remake of the iconic 1956 film, but a real consideration of this clash of cultures and meeting of minds.

Christopher Renshaw was the perfect choice of director and together with Brian Thomson he travelled to Thailand, where they discovered a deep affection for the rich and nuanced culture of Siam. Australian costume designer Roger Kirk joined and an award winning creative team was born.

"I was dazzled"

When Richard Rodgers’ daughter, Mary Rodgers, saw it, she declared it the best King and I she had ever experienced. "I was dazzled," she enthused. "I actually thought that Chris had changed and improved some lines. But he hadn't changed anything. He'd just found how to emphasise certain things."

"The most ravishing show you may ever see."

The production opened at the Adelaide Festival Theatre in 1991, followed by a highly successful Australian tour.

The show reopened at the Neil SimonTheatre on Broadway in 1996, followed by a US tour, then transferred to the London Palladium in 2000, where it played for nearly two years before embarking on a UK tour.

Audiences were thrilled by the period costumes -  including Anna’s enormous crinoline skirts - and by the lavish, meticulously researched sets. With these insights, an exotic fairytale becomes spiced with real culture and real human emotion.

"This King and I is an unstoppable smash"

Don’t miss this dazzling production of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on 'Anna and the King' by Margaret Langdon
Director Christopher Renshaw
Original choreography Jerome Robbins
Choreography Susan Kikuchi
Scenic Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Roger Kirk
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Sound Designer Michael Waters
Musical Director Peter Casey
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett
Dance, vocal, & incidental music arrangements by  Trude Rittman
Anna Leonowens Lisa McCune
King of Siam Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Brisbane, Sydney)
Jason Scott Lee (Melbourne)
The Kralahome Marty Rhone
Edward Ramsey / Capt. Orton John Adam
Lady Thiang Shu-Cheen Yu
Lun Tha Adrian Li Donni
Tuptim Jenny Liu

This production of The King and I is based on the John Frost and Adelaide Festival Centre production first performed on 11 June 1991.

Please note that this production contains strobe lighting.

2 hours & 45 minutes, including one 20-minute interval

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