Hit musical The King and I is returning to Manchester for another theatre run

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 15th July 2022

Record-breaking musical The King and I is heading back to Manchester next year on a major UK theatre tour.

The majestic production is set in 1860s Bangkok, and follows the relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens.

Anna is employed in the Thai capital to teach the King’s many children – as well as his wives.

The romantic musical theatre plays out on stage with more than 50 world-class performers and a full-scale orchestra.

A previous cast on The King & I – the musical is heading to Manchester. Credit: Johan Persson

Songs within The King and I include Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance.


The production is heading back out on tour, following a record-breaking runs on Broadway and at the London Palladium, as well as its previous UK and international tour.

The multi-award winning musical will be back at the Palace Theatre in 2023.


It will again be directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher but with a brand new cast.

A previous cast on The King & I – the musical is heading to Manchester. Credit: Johan Persson

Producer Howard Panter says: “We are delighted to take this majestic multi award-winning production of THE KING AND I on a major UK and international tour in 2023.

“The London Palladium season saw critical plaudits, Box Office records and standing ovations at every show – we were overwhelmed with the rapturous response.


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“Coupled with the reaction to the Global cinema screenings of the film version – which was the biggest theatre event in cinemas of the year and number one at the Box Office.

“This really is musical theatre at its very best, so we are thrilled that we can now share this wondrous production with theatre lovers up and down the country next year.”

The King and I will be at the Palace Theatre in Manchester from 8 May, 2023. You can buy tickets for the theatre here.

Featured image: Johan Persson