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The King and I West End show to be screened in cinemas this winter

Audiences from across the world will be able to watch the production this autumn

The King and I
The King and I
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The West End production of The King and I will be screened in global cinemas this winter, it has been announced.

Bartlett Sher's award-winning Lincoln Center production, which stars Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles, will be broadcast in cinemas up and down the country for one night only on 29 November.

In her review of the Palladium West End transfer, Daisy Bowie-Sell said: " this is undeniably a beautiful revival, created with care, respect and skill and as a result, it is mostly simply a joy to watch." When it first opened in June the musical had the biggest grossing week in the London Palladium's history, taking £1,058,317.50 for an eight-performance week.

The Palladium production continues until late September.

Sher said: "The response from the theatre audiences on Broadway, throughout America on tour and now in London at the Palladium has been phenomenal. They have really taken this show into their hearts. I'm delighted that the worldwide cinema release will now give a greater number of people the opportunity to enjoy this production of which we are all so proud."

The revival has design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber (who won a Tony Award for her designs in New York), lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Scott Lehrer, choreography by Chistoper Gattelli, musicial supervision by Ted Sperling and musical direction by Stephen Ridley.

Tickets for the cinema screenings are already on sale, with the show having a 12A certificate.