‘King’s Speech’ play to preem in U.K.

Adrian Noble to helm show

LONDON — ”The King’s Speech,” the original play that inspired the Oscar-winning movie, will receive its world stage premiere in the West End in spring 2012 following a U.K. tour.

The play is written by David Seidler, who won the best screenplay Oscar for his screen version of his unproduced original. Produced by Playful Productions and Michael Alden Productions, the show is helmed by Adrian Noble, former a.d. of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and designed by Anthony Ward (”Enron,” ”Mary Stuart”).

The title role will be played by Charles Edwards (London and Gotham’s ”The 39 Steps”), who recently starred opposite Eve Best in ”Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare’s Globe. Jonathan Hyde will play Lionel Logue.

Although the six-week tour commences at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud theater on Feb. 1, a West End berth has yet to be nailed down.

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