What Did Critics Think of London's The King and I, Starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe? | Playbill

The Verdict What Did Critics Think of London's The King and I, Starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe? Bartlett Sher again directs the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II classic.
Kelli O'Hara Matthew Murphy

Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe head the cast of the London production of The King and I as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam, respectively, reprising their performances from the 2015 Bartlett Sher-helmed revival at Lincoln Center Theater.

The West End staging officially opened July 3 following previews that began June 21.

Critics have filed their reviews; read them below (Playbill will continue to update this list):

BritishTheatre.com (Douglas Mayo)

The Daily Mail (Quentin Letts)

Independent.co (Paul Taylor)

The Arts Desk (Marianka Swain)

The Guardian (Michael Billington)

The Jewish Chronicle (Jessica Weinstein)

The New York Times (Matt Wolf)

The Stage (Tim Bano)

The Times (Ann Treneman)

The cast also includes Dean John-Wilson as Lun Tha, Na-Young Jeon as Tuptim, and Takao Osawa as Kralahome.


Tony-winning director Sher and members of the Broadway creative team remounted the expansive production for London audiences. The revival first opened at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont April 16, 2015, going on to win Tonys for Best Revival of a Musical, O'Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles' performances, and costume designer Catherine Zuber.

Check out photos from the London production below:

First Look at Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in London The King and I

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