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The King's Speech to hit the West End

Date Posted: 20/02/12

The King's Speech to hit the West End

The famous play turned Oscar-winning film will be taking up residency at Wyndham's Theatre from Thursday, March 22nd after it finishes its UK tour.

Charles Edwards assumes the role of the stuttering monarch, King George VI, whose battle against his stammer is fought alongside speech therapist Lionel Logue, played by Jonathan Hyde.

David Seidler originally wrote the script for stage, yet it was as a film starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter that brought the tale to prominence.

The film version, released in 2010, won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay and made £261 million worldwide.

Now produced for stage, the play has received good reviews from critics at its opening in Guildford this month.

London breaks featuring a theatrical history lesson may be on the cards for many theatre-fans across the UK.

Seidler originally worked on the script in the 70s and 80s after finding himself intrigued by King George VI's struggle with public speaking. However, he was asked by the Queen Mother's secretary to not pursue the story while she was alive.

Posted by Danielle Masterson

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