16-21 March 2015
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
The King’s Speech is a fascinating play that looks at Bertie, Albert who became King George VI in overcoming his stutter as he came to reign in 1936. It explores many issues, not least how a speech impediment was looked on as a source of embarrassment, but issues surrounding the time as war approached and the abdication of David, Edward VIII due to his relationship with American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.
Written by David Seidler, The King’s Speech started life as a film which it did become recently. The play is historically accurate although condense in timescale.
Raymond Coulthard as Bertie and Jason Donovan as Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue have great chemistry on stage, making their initially fragile relation believable as it develops into true friendship. Their performance was outstanding.
The staging was simple but combined with the props, lighting and music was the perfect complement to the play.
The Theatre Royal has been recently refurbished and is the epitome of contemporary grandeur. The seating within the auditorium is spacious with comfortable legroom.
Theatre Royal is located on Hope Street in the centre of Glasgow within walking distance or a short taxis ride from bus and rail stations and Cambridge Street car park is very close the theatre.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £48.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The King’s Speech is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 21 March 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647