David Seidler

David Seidler

Oscar-winning screenwriter David Seidler's stage adaptation of acclaimed film the King'S Speech is heading to London's West End theatre district.

With the film relatively fresh in the memory, one might have suspected that interest in the original play would be limited. But in fact quite the opposite seems to be the case

Seidler picked up the Best Screenplay Academy Award last year (11) for the hit movie adaptation starring Colin Firth as King George VI.

He transformed his script into a stage production, which debuted in regional theatre in England earlier this month (Feb12) to much applause.

Now it has been confirmed the play will start a run in the West End after completing a national U.K. tour.

Mansfield Park actor Charles Edwards, who is playing the stammering British monarch, says, "With the film relatively fresh in the memory, one might have suspected that interest in the original play would be limited. But in fact quite the opposite seems to be the case".

The show will debut in the West End at Wyndham's Theatre on 22 March (12).