The King’s Speech Confirmed for the Wyndham’s Theatre
The Academy Award Winning Movie Heads to the West End in March Following its Current UK Tour
It had previously been indicated that “The King’s Speech”, the Oscar-winning movie starring Colin Firth, would be making its way to the stage and by November 2011 it was confirmed that a national tour would begin in February, with a stop at London’s Richmond Theatre along the way. Today, however, it has been confirmed that the West End is the next stop on the list with the Wyndham’s Theatre receiving the production on Thursday 22nd March 2012.
Whilst Colin Firth portrayed King George VI on the big screen, his stage equivalent will be Charles Edwards, who has been seen in numerous London theatre productions over the years, whilst Jonathan Hyde takes on the role of therapist, previously inhabited by Geoffrey Rush. Together they tell the story of the monarch’s battle with stuttering, an ailment he must overcome now he has been thrust onto the throne following the abdication of Edward VIII. They are directed by Adrian Noble, another West End veteran whose work has been seen across the capital.
Edwards has enjoyed a career on the stage and screen and audiences may remember his most recent performance in “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 2011, in addition to “Twelfth Night” at the Cottesloe National Theatre in 2011 and “The 39 Steps” at the Criterion Theatre in 2005. Those that have not previously picked up theatre tickets to his stage shows may recognise him from movies such as “Batman Begins” and “Mansfield Park”, as well as television shows such as “Monarch of the Glen”, “Holy Flying Circus” and “Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes”.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Hyde has also mixed his career with stage and screen roles, with credits in the latter that include “The Mummy” and the blockbuster hit “Titanic”. For the stage he has previously appeared in “Peter Pans” at Kensington Gardens in 2009, “King Lear” for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2007 and “Jumpers” at the Lyttelton National Theatre in 2003.
The rest of the cast includes Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill, Joss Ackland as George V, Emma Fielding as Queen Elizabeth, Michael Feast, Charlotte Randle, David Killick and Daniel Betts.
“The King’s Speech” is at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Tuesday 27th March 2012 (previews from Thursday 22nd March 2012) to Saturday 21st July 2012.