The King and I is coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse this autumn (17-26 October) and the show’s producers are offering one lucky local child a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the cast of the critically acclaimed musical. They are looking for an boy or a girl of East Asian or Southeast Asian heritage (or mixed heritage thereof), aged between 8 and 10 years old, to play one of The King’s Royal Children. They will appear alongside Annalene Beechey who plays Anna and Jose Llana who plays The King in this multi-award winning production.

The international 2019/2020 tour of The King and I has enjoyed standing ovations around the world and the Scottish premiere follows the smash hit run on Broadway and record-breaking sold out seasons at the world famous London Palladium and Tokyo’s Theatre Orb. Directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher, the much loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features many classic songs including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance and will open at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 17 October 2019.

The King and I open auditions will take place on Saturday 24 August at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 10am. Please email with a small passport style photo and some information about the child’s age, location and any experience or training (drama, dance or singing classes) etc. Those wishing to audition must be East Asian, Southeast Asian (or mixed heritage thereof) in appearance.

The audition panel will consist of UK associate director David Siebert, UK associate choreographer Emma Woods and UK musical director Malcolm Forbes-Peckham. All children auditioning will be required to sing and dance along with the other children. The child will need to be available to rehearse for two days in between 30 September and 16 October and they will also take part in some publicity appearances before and during the Edinburgh run.


• The child will join one of the three teams of children who are touring with the show

• The child will be in 5 performances in total

• All submissions must be East Asian, Southeast Asian (or mixed heritage thereof)
in appearance. (Section 5(2)(a) of the Race Relations Act 1976 applies)

• Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010; (Occupational Requirements) applies.