The hit musical sensation The King and I will be coming to The Lowry this January.

The production features Call The Midwife star Helen George as Anna, ahead of a West End run at London’s Dominion Theatre.

Helen George will be reunited with her co-star Broadway and film actor Darren Lee, who played The King on Broadway, as she returns to the stage to reprise the lead role she played earlier this year to sold out theatres across the UK. Both have received “rave reviews” for their performances.

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Helen George said: “I am so delighted to continue to play the formidable Anna Leonowens in this incredible production.

“I think it so important to bring big lavish West End productions to the regions – Salford and Eastbourne are in for a real treat!”

The show will run at The Lowry Theatre from January 9-13.

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

The King and I is a sumptuous, timeless romance from the golden age of musicals, “adored by the public and critics alike – and boasting one of the finest scores ever written”, this includes Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance.

The production follows the original Broadway run at the Lincoln Center Theater, a sold-out season at the London Palladium (which resulted in the biggest live global event cinema release of 2018) and two record-breaking UK and International tours including Japan.

The show will be brought to audiences once again by an internationally renowned creative team under Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher and feature “a world-class” company of over 50 talented performers and a full-scale orchestra.

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