‘The King’s Speech’ heading for West End

Oscar-winning British film is being adapted for the stage

Multi Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech is set to make a theatrical run starting in Gulidford, before taking in the West End and Broadway.

As reported by Deadline.com, the successful film will be adapted for the stage by its original screenwriter David Seidler, with the project overseen by theatre director Adrian Noble.

While the film took home the Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay, Siedler has said that while working on the script he had turned it into a stage play as an exercise to help improve it.

The film, which received the Academy Award for Best Film at this year’s ceremony, told the story of George VI and his relationship with the Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue.

The Guardian reports that the stage version will open at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford for a three to five week run at the start of next year, before transferring to the West End in March.

The film’s original director, Tom Hooper, is currently attached to the director’s seat for the big screen adaptation of another theatre classic, Les Miserables.

The King’s Speech took home four Oscars earlier this year. It received awards for Best Director, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Screenplay and Best Film.