The King's Speech By David Seidler - » Reviews

March 30th, 2012

A brilliant move to the stage.

by Quentin Letts

Different from the film, but just as satisfying. Fascinating to see the stage version of David Seidler’s The King’s Speech, which was a theatre play before it became an Oscar-winning film….to see the stammering, frustrated George VI before a live audience as he makes his closing speech to the people becomes a powerful moment and […]

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March 28th, 2012

Time Out

by Caroline McGinn

Ex-RSC boss Adrian Noble has mustered the acting aristocracy for this moving, slightly staid spinoff from the stately Oscar-winning movie. Joss Ackland gives a gruff, impressive cameo as the old King George V, who reminisces about the pre-media days when a king simply had to ‘look smart in uniform and not fall off his horse’, […]

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March 28th, 2012

A fresh chance for David Seidler’s original to shine

by Henry Hitchings

At the heart of this stage version of the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech is a superb performance by Charles Edwards, a fine actor who deserves to be better known. Edwards is of course vying with Colin Firth, so good in Tom Hooper’s film. But before it reached the big screen, The King’s Speech was a […]

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March 17th, 2012

The Times

by Libby Purves

For my money, the original play is better than the film: more about Logue’s long-suffering wife, more about the politics and a fantastic, moving, funny, credible central performance from Charles Edwards tells the story of George VI and how his disabling stammer (and the stiffness of old-fashioned royalty) were cured by a self-confident untrained Australian […]

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March 16th, 2012

The Kings Speech – Theatre Royal, Nottingham, and touring

by Patrick Marmion

What a weight of expectation lies on David Seidler’s play. It’s only the original version of a film that trails Oscars and other awards like so many pots on a tinkers wagon. But the good news is that the play rises to the film with all the pride and emotional moment of George VI to […]

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March 12th, 2012

The King’s Speech (Tour – Newcastle)

by John Dixon

Words such as mesmerising, spellbinding and riveting are simply not good enough, when even a five star review falls short in awarding enough praise. Simply, The King’s Speech is theatre at its finest. Obviously best known as a smash hit Oscar winning film, The King’s Speechwas conceived as a play originally and now it rightly has the opportunity […]

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February 19th, 2012

Mail On Sunday

by Georgina Brown

Theatres across the country are littered with films that have been made into spectacularly successful musicals, The Lion King and Legally Blonde to name but two. Even the less good ones – The Wizard of Oz, Shrek, Ghost – effortlessly find an audience. But what of straight plays that were movies first? The 39 Steps […]

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February 14th, 2012

The King’s Speech at Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

by Libby Purves

You need not be a monarchist to feel, 60 years after his early death, a slightly tearful affection for poor George VI. A stammering, reluctant monarch he stands at a BBC microphone in 1939, struggling through his first momentous wartime broadcast. OK, it is a bit manipulative of director Adrian Noble to add the faint […]

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February 13th, 2012


by Neil Norman

THE myth that Britain’s most successful independent film was discovered as a fringe play can now be dispelled.   Although screenwriter David Seidler originally wrote it as a play he was persuaded to turn it into a screenplay before it had ever taken a breath on stage. And while the premiere of his original theatrical […]

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February 13th, 2012

The King’s Speech, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – review

by Henry Hitchings

Before it graced the big screen, The King’s Speech was, briefly, a play. A reading at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington brought David Seidler’s piece to the attention of film director Tom Hooper. But only now, four Oscars later, is it returning to the stage. Few people will need telling that the story deals with […]

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February 13th, 2012

The King’s Speech, touring, review

by Charles Spencer

On the face of it, this stage version of The King’s Speech might seem surplus to requirements, just a cynical attempt to squeeze a few more quid out of the Oscar-winning movie. Yet judging by the audience’s rapt, warm reaction at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, I have a hunch it will prove a […]

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February 11th, 2012

First Night: The King’s Speech, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

by Paul Taylor

It has raked in more than $400m worldwide. It has garnered four Oscars and seven Baftas and ranks as the most successful British independent movie of all time. Now The King’s Speech – the movie about George VI’s struggle to overcome his stammer – takes to the boards in a stage version by David Seidler, […]

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February 10th, 2012

The King’s Speech on stage – review

by Michael Billington

Watching David Seidler’s play induces a strong sense of deja vu. That’s not simply because it was the source of a hugely successful, Oscar-winning film. It is also because Seidler’s perfectly enjoyable play taps into our recollections of other, more resonant works. Until I saw it on stage, I had not realised how much Seidler’s […]

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