The national tour of David Seidler's The King's Speech - the world premiere of the play which inspired the multi award-winning film - kicks off from Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 10 February (previews from 2 February 2011), directed by former RSC artistic director Adrian Noble.

Charles Edwards plays George VI (the role which won Colin Firth a Oscar) alongside Jonathan Hyde as Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, as played on the big screen by Geoffrey Rush.

The pair are joined in the cast by Emma Fielding (Queen Elizabeth), Joss Ackland (George V) and Ian McNeice (Churchill) and will travel to Nottingham Theatre Royal, Bath Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Brighton and Richmond Theatre, winding up at Newcastle's Theatre Royal on 17 March 2012.

The show's producers - Playful Productions and Michael Alden Productions - have recently released publicity images of Jonathan Hyde, Charles Edwards and Emma Fielding for the production.


Jonathan Hyde & Charles Edwards in The King's Speech. Photo by Perou

Emma Fielding & Charles Edwards in The King's Speech. Photo by Perou

Jonathan Hyde, Charles Edwards & Emma Fielding in The King's Speech. Photo by Perou