Haverfordwest’s Palace Cinema has brought forward its first screening of The King's Speech to tonight (Friday).

Colin Firth stars as King George VI. Unfortunately, George suffers a seemingly incurable stammer which could make life difficult or even impossible in his new role. Helena Bonham Carter plays his wife, the future Queen Elizabeth, who eventually finds someone who can help cure his problem.

The film has already won a Best Actor Golden Globe award for Colin Firth and has had fourteen nominations for BAFTA awards, and still with the Oscars to come.

The film was originally scheduled to show in February, but the anticipation has been such as to convince the cinema’s operators Peter and Irene Davies to bid for an earlier date.

Mrs Davies said: "We have been inundated with enquiries for the film. The film is exactly right for Haverfordwest and it has the benefit of some excellent performances, reviews, many awards already and probably several more to come."

She added: "Last weekend was spent conducting a series of frantic emails with the film distributors to see if we could get the film earlier, because we think it could run for a while; but as we have other films planned towards half-term, we wanted to give this one as long a run as possible. "Fortunately the film distributor has been able to print extra copies of the film and we have been lucky to secure one of them."

Performance times are now available on the cinemas website www.palacehaverfordwest.co.uk or by phoning the cinema’s 24hr information line on 01437 767675.

"It is a quality film with appeal across the board," Mrs Davies continued.

"But we know it will be appreciated by some of the older cinemagoers who may not like coming out at night, so they will have some earlier shows to choose from during the first week."