The West End is home to a wide range of shows that take their cues from successful movies, usually in the form of blockbuster musicals such as “Legally Blonde the Musical” and “Ghost The Musical”, but from March 2012 it will be welcoming an Oscar winner as a brand new play. “The King’s Speech”, following its tour of the United Kingdom, is set to appear at the Wyndham’s Theatre where audiences will be able to witness the acclaimed story, which starred Colin Firth on the big screen, in a brand new way.
This time around it is the turn of Charles Edwards to step into the role of King George VI, who has been thrust onto the throne following the abdication of Edward VIII. But the issue of his stutter has not gone away and so his speech therapist and friend Lionel Logue (Jonathan Hyde) continues to help him ahead of an important wartime broadcast. These roles were portrayed by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush onscreen, with Edwards and Hyde replacing them on the West End stage alongside a cast that also includes Ian McNeice, Joss Ackland, Daniel Betts, Emma Fielding, Michael Feast, David Killick, and Charlotte Randle.
Edwards has previously appeared in a wide range of shows both on the stage and the screen, with credits in the capital that include “The Duchess Of Malfi” at the Lyttelton National Theatre in 2003, “Hay Fever” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2006, “The 39 Steps” at the Criterion Theatre in 2006 and “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 2011. Meanwhile, those outside of the capital might also recognise him from movies and television shows like “Batman Begins”, “Mansfield Park” and “Monarch of the Glen”, in addition to the recent “Holy Flying Circus”.
So “The King’s Speech” has plenty going for it as it lands at the Wyndham’s Theatre, with director Adrian Noble, who has been behind a wide range of shows in the capital over the years, bringing the production to life.
It appears at the Wyndham’s Theatre after Jackie Mason brings his show “Fearless” to the venue in February and March. Audiences can catch the adaptation from Tuesday 27th March 2012 (previews from Thursday 22nd March 2012) to Saturday 21st July 2012.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 22nd March 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 12th May 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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