The Paul Kerryson directed revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King & I, begins a nationwide tour in Edinburgh this Christmas. This production, first seen at Leicester's Curve, will open at the Festival Theatre on 14th December.

Ramon Tikaram and Josefina Gabrielle have been cast as the King and Mrs Anna Tikaram, recently seen in EastEnders, has appeared as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and in Bombay Dreams. Gabrielle has a long musical pedigree including Chicago, Oklahoma! and most recently, Sweet Charity.

In other casting news, the Cameron Mackintosh production of Oliver! running at the Playhouse in June next year, sees Brian Conley, Samantha Barks, Iain Fletcher and Stephen Moore, playing the three-week run in Edinburgh.