THE KING'S SPEECH Headed to Broadway


According to reports from Showbiz411, David Seidler's Oscar winning movie ‘The King's Speech" will be headed on Broadway in the fall of 2012. Seidler wrote the screenplay for ‘The King's Speech' after he wrote it as a play.

Word is that casting is underway by casting director Gabrielle Dawes and that the play will first run in the UK in the beginning of 2012. Guilford's Yvonne Arnaud Theater will host a three to five week engagement in January.

The plan is that after the run at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, "The King's Speech" will move to London's West End in March before moving to Broadway in the fall.

The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. The film won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award.
The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, a speech therapist who helped George VI overcome a stammer. The film's script includes real quotations from the diaries and notes of Logue, which were discovered just nine weeks before photography began and quickly incorporated. Filming commenced in the United Kingdom in November 2009. The film was given a limited release in the United States on 26 November 2010 before being generally released on 10 December 2010 and it was given general release in the UK on 7 January 2011.

At the 83rd Academy Awards, The King's Speech won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director (Hooper), Best Actor (Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (Seidler). The film had received 12 Oscar nominations, more than any other film. Besides the four categories it won, the film received nominations for Best Cinematography (Danny Cohen) and two for the supporting actors (Bonham Carter and Rush), as well as two for its mise-en-scène: Art Direction and Costumes.

At the 64th British Academy Film Awards, The King's Speech won seven awards, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Actor for Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Bonham Carter, Best Original Screenplay for Seidler, and Best Music for Alexandre Desplat. The film had been nominated for 14 BAFTAs, more than any other film.

At the 68th Golden Globe Awards, Firth won for Best Actor. The King's Speech won no other Golden Globes despite earning seven nominations, more than any other film.

At the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Firth won the Best Actor award, and the entire cast won Best Ensemble, meaning Firth went home with two acting awards in one evening. Hooper won the Directors Guild of America Awards 2010 for Best Director. The film won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture at the Producers Guild of America Awards 2010.

The King's Speech also won the People's Choice Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, Best British Independent Film at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards, and the 2011 Goya Award for Best European Film from the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (Spanish Academy of Cinematic Art and Science).

In the United States The King's Speech opened with $355,450 in four theatres. It holds the record for the highest per theatre gross of 2010. It was widened to 700 screens on Christmas Day, and 1,543 screens on 14 January 2011. It eventually made $138 million in North America overall.

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