The King’s Speech Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s North American Premiere production of The King’s Speech begins September 12. 2019  and runs to Oct. 20, 2019 in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s The Yard. Writer David Seidler brings the remarkable true story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film back to the stage in a new production of the play, directed by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Michael Wilson. Following the play’s North American premiere in Chicago, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

Before Queen Elizabeth II, her father, King George VI, reigned—the younger son known by his family as “Bertie” with a chronic stammer, never expected to rule. But when his brother David abdicated the throne to wed American divorcée Wallis Simpson, the man who would become king had to rally a nation preparing for war. Enter an unconventional speech therapist named Lionel Logue, who would help the monarch find his voice.

Chicago Shakespeare’s production stars Harry Hadden-Paton as King George VI and James Frain as Lionel Logue—and features 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, and David Lively as Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Playwright David Seidler first penned The King’s Speech as a play before adapting it for the film version, which garnered a slew of Oscars including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Seidler, who himself overcame a pronounced stutter during childhood, secured the blessing of the king’s widow, Elizabeth, before her death to tell this deeply personal story.


Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the North American Premiere production of The King’s Speech, September 12–October 20, 2019 in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare.


Single tickets are on sale now. Special discounts will be available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater’s website at on social media at #cstKingsSpeech.