The King’s Speech Closing Early at the Wyndham’s Theatre
The Production Closing in May, More than Two Months Ahead of Planned July Finish
Though it was a highly anticipated production based on an Oscar-winning movie, it has been revealed that “The King’s Speech” will be closing earlier than conceived. The show earned critical acclaim at its home of the Wyndham’s Theatre and had been taking bookings until the end of July, but now it has been announced that it will present its final performance on Saturday 12th May 2012.
The producers feel that the show may have appeared in the West End far too soon after the award-winning movie made impressions on cinema screens.
“The King’s Speech” follows the royal Albert from his time as a Prince to his unexpected rise to the throne as George VI. At first he is suffering from a stutter and seeks the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue to help him, but when his brother, Edward VIII, abdicates from the throne he is thrust into the spotlight as he is next in line. It become even more important that he gets over his stutter, so with the help of Logue he prepares for a looming and important wartime broadcast.
Charles Edwards portrays the King in the production, taking over from Colin Firth on the big screen, and he does so with various credits under his belt. Perhaps his best known role is in another play in the capital that is better known as a movie – “The 39 Steps” at the Criterion Theatre. His other credits include “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and screen roles such as “Batman Begins” and “Holy Flying Circus”.
In addition to the news that “The King’s Speech” will be closing, it has also been announced that Mike Leigh’s “Abigail’s Party”, which is currently running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will be transferring to the West End venue. Lindsay Posner directs Jill Halfpenny in the production when it lands at the venue from Tuesday 15th May 2012.
Meanwhile, “The King’s Speech”, which began on Thursday 22nd March 2012, will continue at the Wyndham’s Theatre until Saturday 12th May 2012.