By Mark Shenton
20 Apr 2012
|Photo by Tristram Kenton|
It opened March 27 (following previews that began March 22), after a national tour. In a press statement, the producers commented, "Two years ago, originating producer Michael Alden was ready to put the play on and the film came along and blocked its path. At the start of this year, we believed that enough time had passed between the film and our opening. This clearly was not the case. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished. It is a production of genuine quality that has been critically and publicly acclaimed across the board."
Directed by Adrian Noble (former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company) and designed by Anthony Ward, the cast includes Charles Edwards as King George VI, Jonathan Hyde as Lionel Logue, Emma Fielding as Queen Elizabeth, Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill, Michael Feast as Cosmo Lang and Joss Ackland as King George V. The company also features Charlotte Randle as Myrtle Logue, David Killick as Stanley Baldwin and Daniel Betts as King Edward VIII.
David Seidler's story about how King George VI conquered his debilitating stammer with the help of maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue was one of 2010's most successful films, winning countless awards, including four Academy Awards and seven BAFTAs and grossing over $400 million worldwide at the box office.