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Last updated : 13th October 2017

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Theater production of the musical The King And I, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, music by Richard Rodgers, based on Margaret Landon's novel Anna And The King Of Siam, with original leads Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, directed by Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, and original Jerome Robbins choreography, will play a season at the London Palladium opening in June.

The premiere of John Masefield's Christmas story The Box Of Delights, adapted by Piers Torday, with Matthew Kelly, Josefina Gabrielle, Mark Extance, Safiyya Ingar, Tom Kanji, Samuel Simmonds, Rosalind Steele and Alistair Toovey, directed by Justin Audibert, will play at Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, from 1st December to 6th January.

Sara Pascoe will perform her Edinburgh Fringe show LadsLadsLads at Wyndham's Theatre from 15th to 20th January.

The autumn season at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow will include the return of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, which depicts the drug culture of 1980s Edinburgh, adapted by Harry Gibson, with Lorn Macdonald, Martin McCormick, Angus Miller, Chloe-Ann Tylor and Gavin Jon Wright, directed by Gareth Nicholls, opening on 20th October; and Stuart Paterson's 'alternative' Cinderella, directed by Dominic Hill, from 28th November.

On The Casting Couch: Tara Fitzgerald, Edmund Kingsley, Cassie Layton, Sam Marks, Aidan McArdle, David Partridge, Abraham Popoola, Ian Redford and Colin Ryan will feature in Anders Lustgarten's The Secret Theatre, opening at the Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe on 22nd November.

Harold And Maude, adapted from his screenplay of the 1971 film by Colin Higgins, in which a destructive young man, obsessed with death, changes his ways through a relationship with a free-spirited septuagenarian, with Sheila Hancock, directed by Thom Southerland, will open at the Charing Cross Theatre, in The Arches under Charing Cross Station, on 26th February.

The Watermill Theatre, in Newbury, will stage Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, painting a picture of a small Welsh fishing village in the 1950s, with Alistair McGowan, Steffan Cennydd, Ross Ford, Lynn Hunter, Charlotte O'Leary and Caroline Sheen, directed by Brendan O'Hea, from 25th October; and Mary Norton's The Borrowers, adapted by Theresa Heskins, directed by Paul Hart, from 16th November.

The National Theatre is staging National Theatre Posters, an exhibition tracing the changes in design and function over the past 50 years. It features original show posters from 1963 to the present day, including designs by Ken Briggs, Richard Bird, Michael Mayhew, Charlotte Wilkinson, plus interviews with past and current art directors.