Adrian Noble Will Direct Stage Version of The King's Speech
By Andrew Gans
The stage version of "The King's Speech," which is based on the true story of King George VI, following the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice, will be directed by Adrian Noble, according to CNN.com. Noble's Broadway directorial credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
David Seidler penned the original play and the subsequent Oscar-winning screenplay. His work is scheduled to arrive on Broadway in fall 2012, following a three-to-five week run at Guilford's Yvonne Arnaud Theater in the U.K. in January 2012. A London run in March will also precede the Broadway production, according to a previous announcement on Showbiz411.com.
Producer Michael Alden told CNN that none of the actors from the Oscar-winning film is currently scheduled to be part of the stage production. "We talked about that early on, but it wouldn't serve them," Alden explained. "You're really looking for actors to come and breathe new life into the characters, themselves. It's always great to see what a new actor will bring to a role."
The producer also said that the stage version, an alternate presentation of the story, "delves a little bit more into some of the political backdrop of the time."
The picture starred Colin Firth as England's World War II-era king and Geoffrey Rush (Broadway's Exit the King) as Lionel Logue. Both men were Oscar-nominated, with Firth winning the Academy Award for his performance.
"The King's Speech," the hit British film based on an unproduced play about the speech impediment suffered by King George VI, also won seven BAFTAS -- the U.K. equivalent of the Oscar -- including Best Film and Best British Film.
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