My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Charles Edwards - Theatre - The King's Speech press round up

[updated 16 February]

Photo: Perou (used with permission).

The King's Speech will be performed at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham until 18 February. It will then be performed in Bath, 20-25 February.

Jasper Rees, "Stuttering its way to the West End; Bertie is b-b-back, this time in a stage play. Jasper Rees talks to the writer and lead actors of The King's Speech", The Sunday Times, 29 January


Nottingham Arts Blog
"Charles Edwards excels... he manages to convey the complexity of the condition which varies in severity depending the situation."

This is Nottinghan
"George VI (Bertie) is beautifully done by Charles Edwards. It's not just the stuttering: he gets the affronted class insecurity and the feeling of hopeless failure splendidly."

Evening Standard
"Charles Edwards is superb as the King, suggesting his humanity even as he conveys his mix of irascibility and diffidence."

"[Edwards] gives an even sharper account of the duke's unpredictable temper and emotional isolation. Edwards, who has been edging towards stardom for several seasons, has now unequivocally arrived."

"The splendid Charles Edwards has been on the cusp of stardom for some time and his funny, touching, deeply felt performance as the stammering King should propel him into the top rank of British actors.He captures beautifully the mixture of stiff formality and raw vulnerability in the character of Bertie."

The Independent
"Edwards, in a touching and often very funny portrayal, suggests a quicker and more highly-strung spirit flailing in the intolerable net of his speech difficulties."

Surrey Life
"Charles Edwards plays the role with sensitive conviction and adopts a stammer that is painful to witness but never slips into self pity. His flashes of temper, prompted by his inner frustration, give us glimpses of his inner strength and determination."

The Times (Libby Purves, 14 February)
"Charles Edwards is terrific, using light-tenor jerkiness to convey the painful awkward inhibition of the royal predicament."

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