King’s Speech play coming to the West End

Stage version of the hit film will take up residency in London next month

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The touring stage version of The King’s Speech will transfer to London’s West End next month.

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David Seidler’s play, which formed the basis of the Oscar-winning 2010 film, will begin at the Wyndham’s Theatre on Thursday 22 March.

The transfer follows a well-received UK tour, which has seen Seidler’s play performed for the first time since it was written.

“With the film relatively fresh in the memory, one might have suspected that interest in the original play would be limited, but in fact quite the opposite seems to be the case,” said actor Charles Edwards, who plays the stammering King George VI.

“The critical reaction has been terrific,” he added.

As well as Edwards, the stage cast includes Jonathan Hyde as maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue and Emma Fielding as Queen Elizabeth.

Screenwriter Seidler began researching his King’s Speech project in the 1970s and 1980s, but broke off work on it after the Queen Mother asked him not to continue his efforts during her lifetime.

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After her death in 2002 he resumed his task and finished the play, which was rewritten for the screen and became a huge international hit, earning £216m worldwide.