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The King's Speech

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Closed October 20, 2019

Full of heart and honesty, The King's Speech is a moving adaptation that carries this historical tale immediately into today.

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Why See The King's Speech?


Theatrical debut

With his country on the brink of another unfathomable war with Germany, King George VI (affectionately known as Bertie) is wracked with nerves as he steps up to address his subjects. Suffering all his life from a debilitating stammer, the public speaking expected of a monarch in the growing age of radio has Bertie on the back foot. Coupled with a responsibility he never expected, he must find his voice. Enter charismatic speech therapist Lionel Logue, an Australian with dramatic flair - and the man who's going to teach his King to overcome his problem, however unorthodox the treatment.

Based on the true story of the unlikely partnership that flourished between Logue and Bertie, The King's Speech is recognizable to many as 2010's multi-award winning film starring Colin Firth and Geoffry Rush. But writer David Seider always envisioned his work on the stage, an ambition now realized by Chicago Shakspeare Company. Opening their 2019/20 season, this much anticipated theatrical adaptation will once more explore the men's extraordinary friendship that outgrew the bounds of Royal and subject - and saw Bertie able to speak to his nation unimpeded. 

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Opening night: 12 September 2019

Run time

Two hours and 5mins including one intermission

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Cast and Creative


Harry Haddon-Patten as Bertie
James Frain as Lionel Logue
Rebecca Night as Elizabeth
Elizabeth Ledo as Myrtle Logue
Alan Mandell as Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang
Kevin Gudahl as Winston Churchill
Jeff Parker as King Edward VIII
John Judd as King George V
David Lively as Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin


Written by David Seidler
Directed by Micheal Wilson

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