Review: The King and I at the London Palladium

In earlier in July, I took my mum and sister to see The King and I. First performed in 1951, this production features Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Naoko Mori. This production is only playing until September, so we were lucky to get tickets!

I didn’t know anything about the production, but my mum loves the film, so she was so excited to go. The design of the production was beautiful; the costumes were so detailed and intricate, and the sets were nicely done. The look of the production was so good and really immersive, which I loved.

The performances were brilliant. Kelli O’Hara was a dream, and performed the role effortlessly. She is a powerhouse, and a very captivating performer. However, Ken Watanabe was incredibly funny, and I found that in their joint scene, while they bounced off each other well, he was the scene stealer. The ensemble cast were also very good, especially the Royal Children. It was many of their professional  or West End debuts and I think they’re going to be stars. 

The only issue I had with the production was that I couldn’t connect to it. It was a delightful rendition of the story, however, it comes off as somewhat dated in its attitudes. I enjoyed Anna’s attempts at subverting these, but ultimately it didn’t quite get there. 

Overall, it was a good production and I’m glad I got to see it and these amazing performers. 4/5

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