The King and I
Showing at the Sydney Opera House from 12th September – 30th October 2014.
Shall we dance? Shall we then say goodnight and mean goodbye?
Shall we indulge our love for the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein with one of their most celebrated masterpieces,The King and I? Shall we? Yes.
It is 1861. Anna Leonowens, a young English widow, has been engaged to teach the many children and wives of the ruler of Siam. When she and her son arrive at the Royal Palace they do not know what to expect.
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. Further Tony and Drama Desk awards included Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design, and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination.
Whilst the sumptuous costumes and gilded sets have traveled 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.