Win tickets to see multi-award winning The King and I

Date published: 30 Jun 18

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Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in The King and I"I DOUBT I’LL EVER SEE A BETTER PRODUCTION IN MY LIFETIME" The Wall Street Journal 

‘London’s theatrical event of 2018’ (Sunday Express), the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I is now playing at London's iconic Palladium for a strictly limited 14 week run. 

Making their West End debuts are the original Broadway stars; reprising her Tony Award-winning performance is ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times), Kelli O’Hara (Anna) alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King). 

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

The greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. A once in a life time opportunity – with extra matinee performances now added due to phenomenal demand, book your tickets to see The King and I until 29 September at  

How to enter

Simply add a Comment below telling us which is your favourite musical and why. The best entry will be selected by the judges in mid July and the winner notified by email.

Terms and conditions: One reader will win a pair of Band C tickets, valid for Monday to Wednesday performances from 1-29 August, subject to availability. No cash alternative. Travel and Accommodation not included.

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  • Joodee
    almost 2 years ago
    My first experience of a musical was as a 12 year old watching an amateur production of 'Carousel' at Bournemouth Pavilion in the '70s (my mum's friend was in it). The rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" just blew me away.
  • discerning-traveller
    almost 2 years ago
    I've seen many musicals and loved most of them. The one that's dearest to my heart is 'the sound of music' simply because it has so many memories. It was the first musical I ever saw. It was my children's comfort blanket with which to snuggle up on the sofa. I'm sure that it nurtured a lifelong passion for Austria and the beauty of the mountains. Something in the film for every generation to identify with. A real heart warmer.
  • AnnieV
    almost 2 years ago
    My favourite musicals that I have seen on stage are Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera. Funnily enough both love stories based in France. I love the music and the stories. However I also love The King & I and have the DVD which I often watch. I wanted to go to see this and now have the opportunity to win tickets. If I don't win I will have to wait till it comes to Manchester.
  • rowlandschristine
    almost 2 years ago
    I recently went to see Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre London. It is a hilarious and saucy parody, featuring Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced Frank-N-Steeen during the show), an eminent New York brain surgeon and professor, who travels to Transylvania after inheriting a castle and lab from his genius mad grandfather Victor Von Frankenstein and encounters creepy supernatural happenings at the castle and falls in love with sexy lab assistant Inga. He subsequently continues with his grandfather's experiments. Other characters include Igor, the hunchbacked assistant, Frau Blucher (horses whinney each time she appears), the sexually frustrated Elizabeth who undergoes a transformation when she falls in love with the adorable monster. Very funny and uplifting show and I didn't stop laughing for days afterwards! Quirky song lyrics, costumes and great choreography.
  • Rowsie
    almost 2 years ago
    My favourite musical ever was Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It is outrageously camp but has the best music and
    I don't know anyone who has seen it and didn't like it. It is hilarious. I first saw it in Australia then again in London when Jason Donovan was in the lead role. I later saw it again when the actor who plays Alf Stewart from Home and Away was in it. It was incredible all times!
  • TonyH
    almost 2 years ago
    I've seen plenty musicals, lots are OK, but if I had to plump for one (& it's tricky!) maybe Sweet Charity would get the vote. King & I is one that I've yet to see, so the prize would be great!
  • Chaddygirl
    almost 2 years ago
    I have seen and sometimes endured many musical over the years but the one I love most is Jersey Boys. Some may say it is shallow but it never fails to invigorate and encapsulate the audience. A magical mix of nostalgia , wonderful tunes, great sets and costumes and most of all music which everyone knows and loves. A look around the theatre and you will see the faces of the audience lit up in pure joy. What else can you ask for of a musical?
  • audreymcc
    almost 2 years ago
    The War of the Worlds (this was on at the Dominion Theatre several years ago): Exciting storyline by HG Wells, fantastic imaginative choreography and the atomosphere was perfected by Liam Neeson in a podcast. Absolutely brilliant!
  • MeMyselfI
    almost 2 years ago
    Grease is the word !
  • sue600
    almost 2 years ago
    Jersey Boys - I love the music and the real life story of what the band members had to contend with.
    Superb show!
  • SWC
    almost 2 years ago
    I've enjoyed a great many musicals over the years but my favourite has to be Sunset Boulevard. Not only is the music sublime but the story of a faded film star desperate to return to her former glory is heart wrenching. It captures the intense sadness of a life lived in the past, played out against the secondary story of the younger screen writers / lovers and their hopes for the future. Of course it doesn't end well for any of the characters but it's a story and score that has stayed with me.
  • maritravel
    almost 2 years ago
    How to choose a favourite musical? It's well-nigh impossible but after playing many of the scores (a good excuse for an evening of nostalgia) I have to agree with many other Silver Travellers, and Les Miserables wins hands down. Mind you, it nearly lost to Mack & Mabel, that fantastic show that fails only on the book but one day they may get it right. Then there was West Side Story, Little Me, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, I could go on. But I saw Les Mis when it opened at The Barbican many years ago, then saw it again (many times) when it transferred to The Palace, attended the 10th and 25th Anniversary productions, and I even saw a version of it in Switzerland, so I must really like this one!
  • nannylu
    almost 2 years ago
    Evita is my favourite,,wonderful songs,with a really good story.
  • pipsqueak48
    almost 2 years ago
    I really enjoyed The King and I on film when I was younger. Would love to see this on the London stage. Having seen and loved Mamma Mia on the stage a few years ago I realise what a great experience it is to see musicals live. would love to win this prize
  • Sefton
    almost 2 years ago
    My Fair Lady. The very first one I was taken to as a girl. Was bowled over by the glamour.
  • Kelpie
    almost 2 years ago
    The King and I,I have wonderful memories of seeing this many years ago.It would be absolutely thrilling ,specially at the iconic London Palladium.Just lovely.
  • Hunter
    almost 2 years ago
    The Sound of Music because of it's drama and romance as well as enduring appeal and lively, enjoyable music. The charm and beautiful scenery, simply takes your breath away - scoops you up to a level of exhilaration.
  • Flickers
    almost 2 years ago
    Sorry that should obviously say 'The King and I' not sure what happened to the I :)
  • Flickers
    almost 2 years ago
    The King and has always has been my favourite musical. I have such lovely memories of my mum dancing around the front room singing Shall we dance? Shall we dance? Shall we dance? I must have been around five then and had no idea who Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr were, but I knew my mum loved them! So much so that she treated herself to the sheet music and spent hours playing the songs on the piano that stood in the corner of the ‘best room’. My bedroom was right above that room, and the songs became part of my childhood. It wasn’t long before I knew most of the words and would happily sing along to such tunes as “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.” I’ve since seen the film many times but have never seen it on stage. It’s my seventieth birthday on the 26th of August, and I mentioned to my husband that I would love to see the musical. He looked up the price of train tickets from Somerset, theatre tickets and an overnight stay and suggested a nice pub meal with two friends which will be lovely (but I would still rather see the musical!)
  • welshgirl
    almost 2 years ago
    My favourite musical is Kinky Boots ,a fabulous feel good based on fact story.You come out with a smile and a song in your heart.Much the same I expect you will feel after watching the King And I ,so I would love the opportunity to find out .
  • Heather51
    almost 2 years ago
    I have so many favourite musicals that it would be difficult to whittle it down to one. For sheer spectacle it would have to be Les Miserables. For the music and moving songs it’s Phantom of the Opera. For really clever stage sets it’s Mama Mia - so minimalist but so effective, also the most uplifting, feel good factor. For drama, Blood Brothers. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to bore anyone! Just remains to say that I have enjoyed them all for one reason or another.
  • Nanaross
    almost 2 years ago
    I remember Yul Brynner in this role.
  • aljames
    almost 2 years ago
    As an avid theatre goer over many decades I must have seen musicals numbering many many dozens so to pick my favourite musical should be difficult, but it's not because although I've seen many that were top class & outstanding there's still one head & shoulders above all others for the story line, the songs, the sets, the sheer quality of the whole production. It's definitely 'Les Miserables' for me.
  • WiltshireWanderer
    almost 2 years ago
    Les Miserable is the best ever Musical because my wife says so!
  • a_person
    almost 2 years ago
    Watching 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' is one of the most fun things it is possible to do. If you like one or all of B-Movies, Sci-Fi, Shakespeare and above all Rock n Roll then you cannot go wrong with it.

    This is an incredibly high energy show featuring a relentless stream of absolute classic songs which I love and find it impossible not to sing along with. Then there is the fun of guessing which song is coming next from the lead-in dialogue. For 'Young Girl' in particular this is absolutely hilarious!

    The sadly recently late Bob Carlton is credited with having invented the integrated cast and musician format and I find the constant moving around and swapping of instruments by the cast members makes this his musical seamless and really does add to the experience. Every musical should have someone playing a robot on roller skates and the celebrity narration just adds to the fun.

    The plot is shamelessly taken from the movie ‘Forbidden Planet’ which itself was based on Shakespeare’s the Tempest. If you are not a Shakespeare lover then you can still enjoy the basics of the classic tale but if you are it is a joy to take in all the puns on classic lines from many of his plays. And the combination of the Sci -Fi setting and Shakespearean style dialogue is in itself so entertaining.

    It has stood the test of time completely and it is great just watching the faces of everyone in the theatre as it is impossible not to smile from start to finish. A real “buzz” musical I come out on a real high as have the friends that I have had the pleasure of introducing to it and I haven’t yet seen this without immediately working out when I can return in the current run.