NEW! Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe Star in The King and I at the London Palladium

25/04/2018

The Lincoln Center Theater production of

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I

DEAN JOHN-WILSON (WEST END STAR OF ALADDIN) & NA-YOUNG JEON, CAST AS ‘THE YOUNG LOVERS’ IN WEST END PRODUCTION OF THE KING AND I, AS LONDON PALLADIUM ENGAGEMENT IS EXTENDED FOR THREE FINAL WEEKS TO 29 SEPTEMBER & FIVE EXTRA MIDWEEK MATINEES ADDED DUE TO EXTRAORDINARY TICKET DEMAND

Dean John-Wilson (who starred in the title role of Disney’s original West End production of Aladdin) and Na-Young Jeon (Fantine in Les Misérables in the West End and Gigi in Miss Saigon on world tour) join the West End cast of THE KING AND I as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim. They will join Tony Award winner and ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (Sunday TimesKelli OHara as Anna, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King and Tony award-winning Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s multi-award winning musical transfers from Broadway to the London Palladium on 21 June.

THE KING AND I also announces that the London Palladium engagement will extend for a final three weeks until Saturday 29 September. This is the very last opportunity West End audiences will have to see the Broadway stars reprise their original roles on the London stage, as Kelli O’Hara will return to Broadway to star in Kiss Me Kate and Ken Watanabe has filming commitments.

Five extra matinees on Thursdays (30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September) have been added to the London Palladium performance schedule. This follows continued unprecedented demand for tickets, with early performances already sold out. Much like it’s acclaimed 16 month run at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and record-breaking sold out USA tour, The King & I is tipped to be London’s must-see musical of 2018.

Dean John-Wilson played the title role in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre and was a semi-finalist on Britains Got Talent in 2008. His other theatre credits include:  Miss Atomic Bomb and Songs For a New World at The St James’ Theatre, Aquino in Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Sister Act: The Musical UK Tour.

Netherlands born Na-Young Jeon played Gigi in the international tour of Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Misérables in South Korea and in the West End. Other theatre work includes Esmerelda in Notre Dame de Paris in South Korea and Bianca in Kiss Me Kate in Amsterdam. On TV she played the lead in Conny and Clyde and Bo in Van Hier Tot Tokio and her films include The Calling and Hitomi.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on The Lincoln Center Theater’s World Premiere of J.T. Rogers’ smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway and then transferred via the National Theatre to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre in October last year to rave reviews. He, along with the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning production of South Pacific and the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady, will reunite to bring this majestic production to life at the London Palladium.

With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, this masterpiece – one of their finest works – boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We DanceI Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.

WHAT THE USA PRESS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF THE KING AND I

‘I’ll doubt I’ll ever see a better production in my lifetime.’ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

‘Something wonderful indeed. Breathtaking. Exquisite. Remarkable.’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘Five stars. Grand and glorious.’ TIME OUT NEW YORK

‘A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture. I never wanted it to end.’ THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

‘Too beautiful to miss! An astonishing achievement.’ NEW YORK MAGAZINE

‘Absolutely stunning. Kelli O’Hara is ravishing. Ken Watanabe is powerfully seductive. Chalk up another triumph for Lincoln Center Theater.’ VARIETY

‘Magnificent. A sweepingly romantic production. How good to be getting to know the show all over again.’ NEWSDAY

‘Simply divine. You can’t overstate how stunningly beautiful, how achingly well sung this new revival is.’ NEW YORK POST

‘This splendid revival emerges as majestic and intimate simultaneously. Grandeur and grace fill each scene and song. O’Hara and Watanabe share warm chemistry.’ DAILY NEWS

‘Splendid! This just may be, in fact, the finest staging of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in my experience.’ THE WASHINGTON POST

LONDON PALLADIUM

Previews: From 21 June

Tickets: £15 – £82.50, Premium Seating available

Box Office: 020 7087 7755

Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm

Extra matinee performances on Thursdays at 2pm: 30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September

No performance on 28 August, 4, 11, 18 and 25 September

Website: KingandIMusical.co.uk

Twitter: @KingandIWestEnd

Facebook: @KingandIWestEnd

Instagram: @KingandIWestEnd

NEW! MARKUS POSCHNER IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

19/04/2018

Markus Poschner talks to Gregor Tassie

Markus Poschner (c) Reinhard Winkler

Born in a musical family in 1971 in Munich, Markus Poschner has become one of the most sought-after conductors in recent years. He has worked extensively in both opera and concerts, all the major European orchestras, and in the United States and the Far East. Currently Markus Poschner is general music director of Opera Linz and principal conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, which he shares with and the principal conductorship of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Locarno with whom he has made a highly regarded cycle of the Brahms symphonies. As he prepares his orchestra from Linz on their third UK tour he spoke to me about his career and ambitions in music. Read more

NEW! The 2018 BBC Proms

19/04/2018

Proms

From Bach to Bernstein via Buckley’s New York Disco

Unveiling the 2018 BBC Proms

Friday 13 July – Saturday 8 September 2018

The BBC Proms announces its 2018 season. With more than 100,000 tickets available at under £15, Promming (standing) tickets costing just £6 and half-price seats for under-18s, the Proms continues to bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audience. With world-class performances for those coming to the Royal Albert Hall and to the millions of people at home through BBC TV, online platforms and BBC Radio 3, where every note is broadcast, the Proms audience continues to grow ever wider. Read more

NEW! Chelsea Opera Group Perform Massenet’s Thaïs at the Cadogan Hall on 23 June

19/04/2018

COG

Chelsea Opera Group present a concert performance of Massenet’s Thaïs (1894), at the Cadogan Hall, Saturday 23rd June 2018, conducted by Stephen Higgins with Sally Silver in the title role. Read more

NEW! Bampton Classical Opera Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Nicolò Isouard’s Cinderella

19/04/2018

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BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2018 – 25th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

NICOLÒ ISOUARD’s CINDERELLA (CENDRILLON)

Performances:

The Deanery Garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire: FridaySaturday 20, 21 July

The Orangery Theatre, Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire: Monday 27 August

St John’s Smith Square, London: Tuesday 18 September Read more

NEW! Pop-Up Opera’s 2018 Mozart Double Bill

18/04/2018

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Pop-Up Opera: Summer Season 2018

A Mozart double bill: Der Schauspieldirektor and Bastien und Bastienne

Tuesday 8th May – Sunday 29th July 2018

Returning with a twist to their summer season, Pop-Up Opera will present a special Mozart double bill with two entrancing one-act comedies showcasing Mozart’s inimitable style and sense of playfulness. Each performance is skilfully adapted to its venue as Pop-Up take their operas into unusual and unique spaces around the UK, making them fun, fresh and intimate.  Read more

UPDATED! Carly Paoli Sings for Chelsea Pensioners, at Cadogan Hall, and Signs for Sony/ATV

18/04/2018

Carly Paoli Performs For The Chelsea Pensioners at Royal Hospital Chelsea

For a review of her Cadogan Hall concert click here.

(L-R) – Chelsea Pensioners Ivor Williams, Mike Palin, Mike Smith and Mike Hall
with Carly Paoli at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Carly Paoli, the rising star of the classical music world, performed a special concert for the Chelsea Pensioners on Friday 26 January 2018. The private performance, which took place in the Pensioners’ Club at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was a special preview of Carly’s forthcoming concert at Cadogan Hall on 15 February 2018. Read more

NEW! A Q&A WITH ITALIAN BARITONE FRANCO VASSALLO

16/04/2018

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Franco Vassallo is an acclaimed interpreter of leading Verdi roles – amongst many others – in the world’s most important opera houses (including Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Opéra de Paris, London’s Royal Opera House and New York’s Metropolitan Opera). He has just sung Scarpia for the first time in Puccini’s Tosca at the Staatsoper Hamburg in the Robert Carsen production and performed with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann. Read more

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