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The King's Speech

Sunday, Feb. 16

$54 - $114

King George VI (Bertie) is thrust onto the world stage after the abdication of his older brother, Edward. Shy, fragile, and afflicted with a profound stammer, Bertie is ill equipped to lead a nation on the brink of world war.   When traditional medical interventions fail, Bertie’s wife Elizabeth convinces her husband to seek help from an unconventional Harley Street speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Their success or failure as therapist and patient and as unexpected friends, will seal their destiny, the destiny of England and perhaps the world, in this compelling true story. David Seidler’s THE KING’S SPEECH makes its long-awaited U.S. debut in a production The Mail proclaims “A right royal treat.”

Check out the just-released production photos over on Playbill!

Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes, with one intermission


Critics love THE KING'S SPEECH

"There is something to be said for the uncanny timing of this production, and its skewering of regal decorum, in the wake of the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to step back from the royal family. Nick Westrate as Bertie, the stuttering royal unexpectedly thrust onto the British throne on the eve of World War II imbues the reluctant king with bitterness, anger, wit and dread, peeling back Bertie’s layers before delivering the play’s titular address with trembling gravitas." (Washington Post)

"THE KING'S SPEECH is a crowd-pleaser with a welcome sense of scale. Directed by Michael Wilson and adapted by David Seidler from his own screenplay, it knows what is expected of it, and it delivers." (Brightest Young Things)

"Wilson has assembled a tremendous cast to deliver a very appealing story… It's a compelling story about a complex man - complex like all of us." (BroadwayWorld)

"THE KING'S SPEECH may prove to be the crown jewel of the National Theatre’s ambitious 2019-2020 Broadway season." (DC Theatre Scene)

"The actors embody the main roles with the conviction and commanding presence the stage demands… See it while you can." (DC Metro Theater Arts)

"Action-packed scenes and heartwarming interactions…" (The Beacon)

"THE KING'S SPEECH is a performance for everyone." (The Diamondback)

"… this production feels smooth and elegant, with a light touch and an enjoyable pace." (Hotchka)

"This production of THE KING'S SPEECH is definitely worth an evening in the theater." (The Georgetown Dish)

"Nick Westrate as Bertie, Michael Bakkensen as Lionel, and Jeff Parker as Bertie’s brother, David, are electrifying in this tip-top production." (Whisk and Quill)

"THE KING'S SPEECH is an uplifting treatise on the human spirit." (K Street Magazine)

In the News

"There are people that are called upon at certain times to go above and beyond what they’re comfortable with or what they’re even capable of." (Click here for a WTOP interview with the play's Lionel Logue, Michael Bakkensen.)

"I think it’s a good time to remember this story." (Click here to read a Metro Weekly interview with Nick Westrate, who plays George VI.)

"They’re going to find the importance that the women play." (Click here to meet the leading ladies of THE KING'S SPEECH with an On Tap interview.)

"I love the play; it’s a tremendous story and even though people have seen the film, having a stage version is very interesting." (Click here to read a Fairfax Times interview with cast member and Virginia Beach native, David Lively.)

2 Performances

  • Sunday, Feb. 16 | 2pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 | 7:30pm
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