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The King and I to return to cinemas in 2019

The Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical will be screened later this year

Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara in The King and I
Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara in The King and I
© Matthew Murphy

The London production of The King and I is to be screened for the second time in cinemas.

The show, which ran in London at the Palladium in 2018, is due to reach screens courtesy of Trafalgar Releasing on 4 April this year.

The show originally streamed in UK cinemas in November 2018 and achieved the highest box office globally for a stage to screen event release of 2018.

Bartlett Sher's production opened on Broadway in 2015 before transferring to the London Palladium in June 2018. It starred Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles. The production embarks on a tour in Manchester this April.

The musical features songs including "Whistle a Happy Tune", "Getting to Know
You" and "Shall We Dance".

Producer of the stage production and film, Sir Howard Panter, said "We are thrilled that our multi award-winning production of The King and I at The London Palladium became the most successful global cinema release of a stage event in 2018.

"Based on the tremendous response, we are delighted that audiences will be able to attend the encore showing in April. Starring Broadway's Queen, Kelli O'Hara, in her Tony Award winning performance and Ken Watanabe, a towering international Oscar nominated film and Tony nominated stage star, it's truly an astonishing musical theatre experience to be seen in your local cinema."