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Naoko Mori joins the West End cast of The King & I

Naoko Mori
Naoko Mori

The producers of The King and I, which opens at the London Palladium next month, have announced Japanese actress Naoko Mori, who has worked extensively across stage, television and film, will share the role of Lady Thiang.

Opening on 21 June 2018 (Press Night on 3 July 2018) for a limited engagement until 29 September, THE KING AND I will also star two of the original Lincoln Center Theater lead actors: Tony Award winner and “Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen” (Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara as Anna Leonowens and film star, Oscar and Tony nominee Ken Watanabe, in the title role of The King of Siam. With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, THE KING AND I – which won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical on Broadway – is one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, this masterpiece boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Whistle A Happy Tune, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.

No stranger to the West End stage, Naoko Mori was the first ever Japanese National to play a lead role in the West End when she joined the original London production of Miss Saigon directed by Nicholas Hytner and played Kim. She has also appeared in On The Town, Avenue Q and Hair. On television, she is probably best known as Toshiko Sato in the BBC drama series Torchwood and as Saffy’s best friend Sarah, in the long-running BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. In film Naoko recently starred as Yasuko Namba in the acclaimed international hit film Everest alongside Jason Clarke and Josh Brolin.

Previews: From 21 June 2018
Press Night: 3 July 2018 at 7pm


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