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Sunday, November 21, 2021


(Above: Kelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe)

The Rhumbelow Classics Cinema On The Big Screen will present The King and I from the London Palladium on November 23, 24 and 30 and December 1 before moving to Tina’s Hotel from December 4 to 5, 2021.

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I recorded live at London’s iconic Palladium returns to the big screen. Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, “Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen” (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna Leonowens) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

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 – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

Music by Richard Rodgers; Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based upon the novel Anna And The King of Siam by Margaret Landon

Directed for Stage by Bartlett Sher

Choreography by Christopher Gattelli (based upon the original choreography by Jerome Robbins)

Directed for screen by Gary Halvorson

Sets by Michael Yeargan

Costumes by Catherine Zuber

Lighting by Donald Holder


Performances on November 23, 24, 30 and December 1 at 18h30 at Rhumbelow Durban

Performances at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof on December 4 and 5.

(Venue opens 60 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

Running Time: 172 minutes (including one 15-minute interval)

Tickets R100. Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. Bar available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

All seating will be at separate tables and the venues will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members. Covid limit – max 50 %

Limited secure parking available

All tickets must be pre-booked No walk-ins allowed. Booking is essential on email: or visit

For more information contact 082 499 8636.

Covid-19 protocols will be strictly observed.

Rhumbelow Durban is at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo, Durban.

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.