Producers have this morning announced that the West End run of The King’s Speech has posted closing notices and will now end its run on May 12th. The show had originally been booking until July 21st.
The King’s Speech started life as a stage play but never made it to the stage, instead being diverted to the big screen starring Colin Firth.
Davis Seidler’s play finally reached the stage in February of this year, opening at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ahead of a short regional tour. The show opened in London’s Wydham’s Theatre at the end of March.
Announcing the closure today, producers reflect on the challenges of opening a play so close to the film
“Two years ago, originating producer Michael Alden was ready to put the play on and the film came along and blocked its path. At the start of this year, we believed that enough time had passed between the film and our opening. This clearly was not the case. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished. It is a production of genuine quality that has been critically and publicly acclaimed across the board. “