The King's Speech Set for the West End and Broadway
Oscar Winning Movie Set to Make the Transition from the Silver Screen to the Stage
Earlier this year “The King’s Speech” won four Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The production became one of the most successful British films for some time and became a phenomenon. However, the story of “The King’s Speech” is not yet over and according to rumours that surfaced this month, a stage version could be set to land in the West End and on Broadway.
“The King’s Speech” tells the real life story of George VI’s stutter and his attempt to overcome this with the help of a therapist with some eccentric solutions. The two men bond during the therapy and when Edward VIII decides to abdicate from the throne and leaves George as the new King he must get past this unfortunate debilitation before an important radio broadcast on the eve of the Second World War. The movie version features Colin Firth as George VI and also featured Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Helen Bonham Carter and Michael Gambon among the cast members.
Though details are scarce about the stage version, what is known is that Adrian Noble is set to direct, having been behind a wealth of productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company over the years – efforts that have granted him numerous awards and nominations. He was the Artistic Director of the RSC from 1990 to 2003 and his credits include “As You Like It”, “The Winter’s Tale”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” and more during a stand-out career. He has also put together work for the Old Vic Theatre (“Kiss Me Kate” in 1987), the London Palladium (“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in 2002) and the Vienna State Opera (“Alcina” in 2010).
“The King’s Speech” won’t be the first stage production in the capital to be based on a hit movie, with musicals like “Legally Blonde”, “Ghost The Musical” and “Shrek The Musical” all boasting Silver Screen origins. The production could be one of many that is a play rather than a musical and is set to open in Guildford before arriving in the West End in March 2012.