The King's Speech to Come to London, Broadway

Great news, theater fans! CNN is reporting that last year's Best Picture Oscar winner, The King's Speech, is being adapted into a play that is expected to run in London's West End before coming to Broadway.

The movie follows the struggles of England's King George VI (pictured right), who, with the help of an Australian speech therapist, overcame a debilitating stammer to lead his country during World War II. Colin Firth also earned an Oscar as the King in the film.

Producer Michael Alden said the current goal is to launch the stage rendering in U.K. regional theater in the winter of 2012, then move to London's West End and before opening on Broadway in the fall.

Now for the bad news: None of the actors from the film are slated to reprise their roles in the play, which calls for nine actors, Alden said. No casting announcements have been made yet. Adrian Noble, who directed the 2005 Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is expected to direct.

 

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