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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I

07 September 2014– 01 November 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Opera Australia

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Opera Australia and John Frost bring the now legendary production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I back home for its first-ever season at the Sydney Opera House.

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Description

Shall we dance? Shall we then say goodnight and mean goodbye?

Shall we indulge our love for the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein with one of their most celebrated masterpieces, The King and I? Shall we? Yes.

It is 1861. Anna Leonowens, a young English widow, has been engaged to teach the many children and wives of the ruler of Siam. When she and her son arrive at the Royal Palace they do not know what to expect.

 

Shall we dance? Shall we then say goodnight and mean goodbye?

Shall we indulge our love for the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein with one of their most celebrated masterpieces, The King and I? Shall we? Yes.

It is 1861. Anna Leonowens, a young English widow, has been engaged to teach the many children and wives of the ruler of Siam. When she and her son arrive at the Royal Palace they do not know what to expect.

It is with great pride that Opera Australia and John Frost bring this world-famous production back home for its first ever season at the Sydney Opera House.

This now legendary production of The King and I won the triple crown of awards: The   Tony, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics   Circle for Best Musical Revival. Further Tony and Drama Desk awards included Best   Scenic Design and Best Costume Design,   and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination.

Whilst the sumptuous costumes and gilded sets have traveled the world, it all started in Australia, with a dream to create a version which was not just a remake of the iconic 1956 film, but a real consideration of this clash of cultures and meeting of minds.

Christopher Renshaw was the perfect choice of director and together with Brian  Thomson he traveled to Thailand, where they discovered a deep affection for the rich and nuanced culture of Siam. Australian costume designer Roger Kirk joined and an award-winning creative team was born.

When Richard Rodgers' daughter, Mary Rodgers, saw it, she declared it the best King and I she had ever experienced. "I was dazzled," she enthused. "I actually thought that Chris had changed and improved some lines. But he hadn't changed anything. He'd just found how to emphasise certain things."

The production of The King and I premiered at the Adelaide Festival Theatre in 1991, followed by a highly successful Australian tour.

The show reopened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in 1996, followed by a US tour, then transferred to the London Palladium in 2000, where it  played for nearly two years before embarking on a UK tour. Audiences were thrilled by the period costumes - including Anna's enormous crinoline skirts - and by the lavish, meticulously researched sets. With these  insights, an exotic fairytale becomes spiced with real culture and real human emotion.

Don't miss this dazzling display of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

The production of The King and I is based on the John Frost and Adelaide Festival Centre production first performed on 11 June, 1991.

 


 

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Artist Information

Music By: Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics By: Oscar Hammerstein II
Based On 'Anna and the King of Siam' By: Margaret Landon
Director: Christopher Renshaw
Original Choreography By: Jerome Robbins
Choreographer: Susan Kikuchi
Scenic Designer: Brian Thomson
Costume Designer: Roger Kirk
Sound Designer: Michael Waters
Lighting Designer: Nigel Levings
Musical Director: Peter Casey
Orchestrations By: Robert Russell Bennett
Dance, Vocal and Incidental Music Arranged By: Trude Rittmann

 


Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

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Opera Kitchen have King & I pre-show dining options available – click here to find out more.

Standard $59 - $349
Concession* $44 - $349
Insiders** $59 - $349
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

For events which offer concession pricing, if you purchase concession tickets, please ensure you have your Proof of Concession with you when you attend an event.

Ticket Booking Enquiries: For all general booking enquiries please email the Contact Centre or call on +61 2 9250 7777 for more information.

Groups Bookings: Please email the Group Booking team or call on +61 2 9250 7700 for more information.

Insider Prices: Insiders are Sydney Opera House members. Insiders get waived booking fees, up to 20% off Sydney Opera House Presents shows and more. More Info

* Concessions include: Pensioners, Seniors, Students, and Children under 17 and may be withdrawn without notice.  Concession price not available on Saturday evenings.  Pensioner, Senior, and Student prices not available for Saturday and Sunday matinees. 
**Insider 20% off Offer - Offer Valid for Premium and A reserve tickets only. Valid for Tuesday - Thursday performances between 23rd September and 9th October 2014.


Approved exchanges will occur a fee of $18 per ticket.

Performance Dates

The performance of The King & I on October 21 at 3:00pm is being CAPTIONED.
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The performance of The King & I on September 24 at 1:00pm is being AUDIO DESCRIBED. Customers need to book Audio Description through Opera Australia to obtain a voucher. Vouchers are to be presented to the Vision Australia rep at the Customer Service Desk 1 hour prior to the performance where they can exchange their Headset voucher for 1 headset. Headsets should be returned to this location after the performance.

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