Noriyuki Higashiyama to star in “The King’s Speech” stage play
Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama will play the lead in a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning “The King’s Speech”, it was announced on February 24, reports Daily Sports Online.
“The King’s Speech” is a historical drama about King George VI and how he overcame his stuttering condition he developed as a child. The 2010 film won actor Colin Firth his best actor oscar. Now it is time for Higashiyama, who has been in a number of stage plays since his 1985 showbiz debut, to take on the challenge of stammering his lines.
“How did George the sixth, who was loved by his country’s people, become a British leader who overcame his disorder and adversity. I hope I can learn something about becoming a leader, experience it, act it, and then push to step up a level as an actor,” he said.
The play’s director had said Higashiyama was an actor who represents responsibility, comes across as noble, and can fit into this character.
“The King’s Speech” will be performed on stage this August in Tokyo, and then in Osaka in mid-September.