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The King’s Speech – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Seidler Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Dominic Corr So just what might, for some, be so intrinsically fascinating about the Monarchy? David Seidler’s play, The King’s Speech hopes to answer that very question. Furthermore it attempts to dissect the very notion of decency and expectation faced by a new rising, if stammering, King George VI. Seidler’s play surrounds the ...

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The King’s Speech – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: David Seidler Directors: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Fergus Morgan What is expected of a king? Why do so many people still revere the monarchy when, as the Sex Pistols forcibly asserted, “there’s no future, and England’s dreaming”? What use is a monarch that cannot speak for his people? These are just some of the questions deliberated over in The King’s ...

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The King’s Speech – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: David Seidler Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Maggie Constable At Milton Keynes Theatre this week the world stands on the edge of a war just as it becomes clear that Edward VIII cannot carry on his royal duties and his brother, the nervous and more sedate Albert, is to be forced into the limelight. The King’ Speech is an historical ...

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Mermaid – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer &Director: Polly Teale Choreographer: Liz Ranken Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Take the magic of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale and inject it with the angst of teenagers growing up in today’s world. Lest this is too much to take on board, sprinkle it with stardust in the shape of a set designed by no less a luminary than Tom Piper, ...

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The King’s Speech – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: David Seidler Director: Roxana Silbert Designer: Tom Piper Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys From soap superstar, 80’s pop prince, through some wilderness years, to a reinvention as a star of the musical theatre scene, Jason Donovan now emerges as serious actor in David Seidler’s original stage version of The King’s Speech. Playing Lionel Logue, the failed actor and untrained speech therapist ...

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The King’s Speech – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Written: David Seidler Directed: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Chichester’s Festival Theatre stage is the perfect space for David Seildler’s The Kings Speech. From the first moments of the play until the last the audience feel like privileged flies on the wall of one of histories most politically and personally tense moments. As the United Kingdom teeters on the edge ...

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Bakersfield Mist – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: Stephen Sachs Director: Polly Teale Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Trailer park tat fills the stage and spills into the stalls. There’s stuff everywhere: plates, pictures, knick knacks on the inside, and outside dead vines entangle a telephone pole and spread across the trailer’s roof. This corner of Bakersfield is a world away from metropolitan minimalism and the sophistication of the ...

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The Libertine – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Libertine is based on the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. Set in Restoration London while Charles II was on the throne, Rochester has everything going for him. He is a poet and playwright, intelligent and witty, vigorously healthy, wealthy, married, and a personal favourite of ...

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