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Review: The King and I at The London Palladium

The King and I is definitely one of the most iconic shows from the Golden Age of musicals. Written by the godfathers of musical theatre, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II; and brought to life on screen by the legendary Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, the luscious music and gorgeous costumes combine to create a visual and aural feast.

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Despite all this, I'd never actually seen it on stage until this week: thanks to a Twitter competition run by London Theatre Direct, I attended a performance at the beautiful London Palladium and thoroughly enjoyed myself despite the major downside to most old theatres being the lack of air conditioning! (I've actually just noticed that the main page on the production website boasts the venue has 'air cooling' - if this is so, it wasn't much in evidence on the night we attended!)
There was certainly much to enjoy: the sets were astonishing, detailed and evocative, the o…

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