“The King’s Speech” Opens on London’s West End


avid Seidler’s play began its season at Wyndham’s Theatre last week. The film version of The King’s Speech, which starred Colin Firth, won four Oscars last year but Seidler originally wrote the story for the stage. He then developed the screenplay, and the play was left unproduced until now…

“Adrian Noble’s sure-footed production combines well judged humor with poignancy…” raves the Evening Standard. Charles Edwards’ performance as King George VI – the king who struggles to overcome his stammer and find his voice – has been praised by critics as “superb” …”terrific”…”fantastic, moving, funny…” … “bringing subtlety, understated wit and mercurial flair.”

Jonathan Hyde as Lionel Logue, the King’s Australian maverick speech therapist, is “absolutely charming” (Daily Mail). New layers added in this production to Logue’s character, family and the politics of the time have been especially applauded. “Is one lesson of this admirable production that theatre is more truthful than film?” (Time Out, London).

Frederick P. Bimbler represents the show’s producer Michael Alden.

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April 10, 2012