The King’s Speech

The King's Speech


Dear Friends of Hartford Stage,

The safety and health of our community, staff and visiting artists always remains our priority. Hartford Stage is closely following the news of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community, and based on the recommendations from state and local government, we are canceling all performances of The King’s Speech.

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The King’s Speech

March 19 – April 19, 2020

Written by David Seidler

Directed by Michael Wilson

With international war looming, England’s King George V dies, leaving the Crown and the crisis to his youngest son Bertie. Shy, fragile and afflicted with a profound stammer, Bertie is ill-equipped to inspire and lead a people now instantaneously informed by a new invention: the wireless radio. He seeks help from a Harley Street doctor, Lionel Logue, and finds an unexpected friendship. But can Logue help the King find his voice? Their success or failure as therapist and patient will seal their destiny, the destiny of England and, perhaps, the world. The King’s Speech premiered at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in the UK before debuting on the West End. The film that followed the play won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler.

Important Info

Approximate Running Time
2 hours, 5 minutes, including one intermission.

Recommended Age

Contains strong language

Related Events

HPL @ Hartford Stage

Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage invite you to dig deeper into the world of the plays onstage. Use your Connecticut town library card to check out a book from the HPL @ Hartford Stage library kiosk located in the lower lobby of the theatre near Guest Services.

AfterWords Discussion

March 31, April 1 and 7

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 pm performances on Tuesday or 2:00 pm Wednesday matinees. FREE

Sunday Afternoon Discussion

March 29

Speaker TBD. Immediately following the 2:00 pm Matinee. FREE.


Lionel Logue
Bryan Batt

Royal Herald
Jeffrey Diebold

King George V
John Judd

Maggie Lacey

Myrtle Logue
Elizabeth Ledo

Stanley Baldwin
David Lively

Winston Churchill
Tim Monsion

Jeff Parker

Royal Footman
Chad Patterson

Wallis Simpson
Tiffany Scott

Cosmo Lang
Noble Shropshire

Royal Footman
Trevor Strahan

BBC Commentator/Royal Footman
Chris Thorn

Nick Westrate

Harry Belden
Tony Dobrowolski
Michelle Jasso


Written by
David Seidler

Michael Wilson

Scenic Design
Kevin Depinet

Costume Design
David C. Woolard

Lighting Design
Howell Binkley

Projection Design
Hana S. Kim

Sound Design and Original Music Composition
John Gromada

Wig and Make-Up Design
Richard Jarvie

Dialect and Speech Coach
Kate DeVore

Jane Lanier

Christopher Baker

Production Stage Manager
Lori Lundquist

Assistant Stage Managers
Lauren Cavanaugh
Katrina Herrmann



David & Janice Klein

The Pryor Family

Jack & Donna Sennott