Confirmed: THE KING'S SPEECH Will Transfer to West End on Mar 27
Playful Productions and Michael Alden have announced that the of UK tour of THE KING'S SPEECH will transfer to Wyndham's Theatre on 22 March, with an opening night on 27 March. This announcement confirms rumours reported on Broadway World over the past two weeks.
The production will also be opening on Broadway in Fall 2012.
The world premier production of the original play by David Seidler took place on Friday 10 February at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and continues on tour around the UK until 17 March. You can read our review round up of the touring production here.
Directed by Adrian Noble and designed by Anthony Ward, the cast includes Charles Edwards as King George VI, Jonathan Hyde as Lionel Logue, Emma Fielding as Queen Elizabeth, Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill, Michael Feast as Cosmo Lang, and Joss Ackland as King George V. Further casting includes Charlotte Randle as Myrtle Logue, David Killick as Stanley Baldwin, and Daniel Betts as King Edward VIII.
David Seidler wrote The King's Speech as a play before it became a film for which he won both the Academy Award© and BAFTA for Best Screenplay. Charles Edwards – who recently appeared at Shakespeare's Globe opposite Eve Best in Much Ado About Nothing for which he received an Evening Standard Best Actor Nomination – plays King George VI, and Australian born Jonathan Hyde, who was recently seen in The Deep Blue Sea at Chichester Festival Theatre, plays speech therapist Lionel Logue.
David Seidler's story about how King George VI conquered his debilitating stammer with the help of maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue was one of 2010's most successful films, winning countless awards including four Academy Awards© and seven BAFTAs and grossing over $400,000,000 worldwide at the Box Office.
Charles Edwards played the leading role of Richard Hannay to wide acclaim in the Olivier Award winning West End production of The 39 Steps and later on Broadway. Last year Charles appeared in Peter Hall's production of Twelfth Night at The National Theatre. His film and television credits include An Ideal Husband, Monarch of the Glen, Mansfield Park, Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes and The Shell Seekers.
Jonathan Hyde is an Australian born actor who has worked extensively in theatre, film and TV. Jonathan's theatre credits include Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens, 02, San Francisco), Diaghilev in Rattigan's Nijkinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre), Jumpers (National Theatre) and Antigone (Old Vic Theatre). Jonathan has performed with the RSC, most recently in Ian McKellen's King Lear, as Kent, and as Dr Dorn in The Seagull, which toured internationally. Film credits include The Mummy, Titanic, Anaconda, Jumanji and Richie Rich, and his television credits include Spooks (now showing), The Queen and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.