Written by: FFT Webmaster | October 14th, 2011
Word comes from Broadway that a stage version of the Oscar winning film THE KING’S SPEECH is no longer on a fast track to come to New York. The play, by David Seidler who won the Oscar this year for Best Original Screenplay, will have a world premiere production in February in Guildford, England and then then tour five other British cities through March. A London production may follow and a run in New York is very likely. The original idea was to have the stage version go straight to Broadway to capitalize on the popularity and critical success of the film. However, Mr. Seidler and his creative team will simply wait and see how the stage version is accepted before heading to New York. The play will be directed by Adrian Noble, a former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and will star the British actor Charles Edwards as the stuttering King George VI (the role that won Colin Firth his first Oscar) and Australian actor Jonathan Hyde as the speech therapist Lionel Logue (in a role memorably played by Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush in the film).