'The King's Speech' to hit the stage in 2012
August 9th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

'The King's Speech' to hit the stage in 2012

Plans are underway to bring "The King's Speech" to Broadway.

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.

None of the actors from the film are slated to reprise their roles in the play, which calls for nine cast members, Alden said.

"We talked about that early on, but it wouldn't serve them," Alden said. "You're really looking for actors to come and breathe new life into the characters, themselves. It's always great to see what a new actor will bring to a role."

Unlike other movies that have recently made their way to the stage, "The King's Speech" will be less of an adaptation (no stuttering musical numbers) and more of an alternative presentation.

David Seidler, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay, had already authored a stage version of "King's Speech," Alden said. The script version of the story differs from the screenplay and spends more time addressing the history and the politics surrounding King Edward VIII's abdication and the subsequent ascension to the throne of his brother, the shy, unpolished, stuttering King George VI.

"The play delves a little bit more into some of the political backdrop of the time," Alden said.

Adrian Noble, who directed the 2005 Broadway production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," will direct.

Alden's previous credits include "Grey Gardens," a musical adaptation of the 1975 documentary about two of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' relatives who lived for years as recluses in a Long Island mansion.

It snagged the Tony awards for best actress and supporting actress in a musical. It was also nominated for best musical, but lost out to "Spring Awakening," the behemoth hit that put "Glee's" Lea Michele on the map.

Alden also produced "Bat Boy: The Musical," which is inspired by a Weekly World News article about a half-boy, half-bat hybrid and has developed something of a cult following. Alden said he finds the stories of misfits and underdogs particularly compelling.

"The first thing that attracts me, no matter what level of society [the character is in] is the misunderstood outsider," Alden said.

Alden's next announcement will be casting, he said, though there is no word yet on when that announcement will come or what names it may include.

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  1. Jennifer Morris

    I love the movie and thought it deserved every award it received.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    I saw the movie and read the life of George VI and it was a good movie. Actor James Earl Jones had a bad stammer as a kid, too. Imagine another actor doing Darth Vader's voice if Mr. Jones still had his stammer. Winston Churchill stammered. So did Bruce Willis, must people's idea of tough guy. Alot of people I know are ignorant of history.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mickey

    The King's Speech – brilliant movie and worth every cent to see it once and twice and three times - might begin to cause some people to learn more about their own children who stutter.

    ryan, you're obviously not too bright ... read more about history and the facts. Yes, England had the heir to the throne give up everything for the love of a woman who was a commoner and divorced twice - which meant this brother was next in line. Even with his stutter, he became a wonderful king who cared about others, was a good husband and a good father. Oh, and Queen Elizabeth is the daughter of the king who stuttered. You know who she is, right?

    August 10, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. yawn

    I'll wait 'til next year, when somebody make a musical out of it.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Myk

    Lmao I just when people come on the net and try and correct grammar.. Do you really think I care if I spell everything i say right...NOOOOOO Anyways Maurice Spell check this My cojones sitting on your forhead....

    August 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. myk

    I would rather be violated by a entire prison yard of dudes, then watch this movie. TWICE

    August 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice

      So what you are saying is that you would rather watch this movie after being violated by a bunch of prison inmates. If THAT is not what you mean then – spellcheck – than instead of then.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ryan

    That movie sucked, and it was boring. BOOOOORRRRIIIINNNGG!!! What country would have a king who has a stutter? Bulchit!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • emma

      That comment was stupid, STOO-PID! You are obviously too dumb to get the point of the story or the moment is history.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You obviously have the attention span of a gnat and an equivalent intellect.

      August 10, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anne

    Spring Awakening was hardly a behemoth. Wicked, The Lion King, yes, but Spring Awakening was only a moderate success that made its money back, but still closed after only 2 years.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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