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Countdown to The King's Speech: Stanley Baldwin

Our series of thumbnail sketches about characters in the The King's Speech concentrates today on one of the most successful politicians of his day, Stanley Baldwin.

Some things you may not know about him are:

  • Baldwin is our only PM to have served under three monarchs: George V, Edward VIII and George VI.

  • His win in 1935 was the last time a UK party gained more than 50 per cent of the popular vote.

  • He was a first cousin of Rudyard Kipling, (revealed in the play to be George V's speechwriter) whose mother was Baldwin’s aunt on his mother’s side.

The part of Baldwin will be played by Eric Collins who has been a stalwart of our annual panto in recent years. In particular, his portrayal of a Killer Gangster Rabbit in Puss In Boots still produces a chill among those who saw it.

You will be able to see The King’s Speech at Haslemere Hall on Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01428 642161 or follow the link

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