The list of Malaysians making their mark in London’s West End is growing slowly, but surely. Sean Ghazi blazed the trail in 2000 with appearances in The King and I, Miss Saigon and Rent. Last year, journalist-turned-actor Jon Chew portrayed the role of Prince Chulalongkorn in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of The King and I‘s stint in London, and now you can catch actor and singer Zheng Xi Yong on an international tour with the UK ensemble of Miss Saigon. The latest name to join their ranks is theatre practitioner Aaron Teoh, who succeeds the role of Prince Chulalongkorn from Chew for the upcoming UK tour of The King and I.
No stranger to the local performing arts scene, Teoh first made his theatre debut in Pan Production’s staging of Merrily Roll Along. He moved to London in late 2017, accompanying his wife who was there to study a Master Degree in Comparative Education. In an interview with BFM, the performer shared that he had to go through four auditions—an initial one, a dance one, then two acting sessions—before he landed the role of King Mongkut’s eldest son.
The UK tour of The King and I kicks off on 26 April 2019, with Annalene Beechey playing Anna Leonowens and Jose Llana in the role of King of Siam for the Manchester, Dublin and Sunderland runs. Want to catch Teoh in action? Back in Malaysia for a short break before touring commences, he’ll be lending his vocals to WVC Jazz Ensemble’s ‘Give Thy Ear’, two evenings of music inspired by Shakespeare taking place on 5 and 6 March 2019 at Lit Books. Here’s a taste of what to expect:
Find out more about Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ UK tour here.
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