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'The King's Speech' to head to Broadway?

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A still from the movie 'The King's Speech'
A theatrical adaptation of The King's Speech is reportedly set to debut on Broadway next year.

The play is slated to open in the UK at the outset of 2012 at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theater, which will host the production for three to five weeks, Showbiz 411 reports. It will then head to London's West End in March, followed by Broadway in fall 2012.

Casting for the play based on the Oscar-winning film is said to be underway, with casting director Gabrielle Dawes looking for actors to fill the roles of King George VI and his speech therapist Lionel Logue. The two characters were played by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush respectively in last year's film.

A re-edited version of the R-rated movie was released in the US in April, removing instances of profanity so as to open the film up to a larger audience.

Firth won an Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI. His wife Livia said in March that the star will not let his success go to his head, claiming Firth is unchanged by his win.

The script for The King's Speech originally started life as a stage play written by David Seidler. Tom Hooper made reference in his Oscars speech to a fringe script reading where his mother 'discovered' the play and recommended that it should become his next film.

Watch the trailer for The King's Speech below:

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