Right royal treat for theatregoers

Jonathan Hyde, Charles Edwards and Emma Fielding in the production of The King's Speech.
Jonathan Hyde, Charles Edwards and Emma Fielding in the production of The King's Speech.

The world premiere production of The King’s Speech, the play that inspired the award-winning film, finally comes to the stage and can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from February 13-18.

David Seidler wrote The King’s Speech as a play before it became a film, for which he won both the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Screenplay.

Charles Edwards, who recently appeared at Shakespeare’s Globe opposite Eve Best in Much Ado About Nothing, will play George VI and Australian-born Jonathan Hyde, who was recently seen in The Deep Blue Sea at Chichester Festival Theatre, will play speech therapist Lionel Logue.

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 $400,000,000 worldwide.

David Seidler is now returning to the play he wrote from which he developed his screenplay. The play received its premiere at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on February 2 before commencing a regional tour, visiting Nottingham’s Theatre Royal February 13-18.

Charles Edwards played the leading role of Richard Hannay to wide acclaim in the Olivier Award winning West End production of The 39 Steps and later on Broadway.

He has also received critical acclaim for his performance as Michael Palin in the television programme holy Flying Circus.

Jonathan Hyde has worked extensively in theatre, film and TV. Jonathan’s theatre credits include Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens, 02, San Francisco), Diaghilev in Rattigan’s Nijkinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre), Jumpers (National Theatre). Film credits include The Mummy, Titanic, Anaconda, Jumanji and Richie Rich, and his television credits include Spooks, The Queen and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

Performance times are 7.30pm for evening shows, with a Wednesday matinee at 2pm and a Saturday matinee from 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £11-£27.50 (plus concessions)

Call the box office on 0115 989 5555.