The King's Speech

September 12

October 20, 2019

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by David Seidler
directed by Michael Wilson


Harry Hadden-Paton and James FrainIn this inspiring true story from Oscar Award-winning writer David Seidler, Great Britain’s reluctant monarch finds a surprising ally in an unexpected place. A generation before the royal family we know today, Queen Elizabeth’s father George VI would ascend the throne, a most unlikely king thrust into the spotlight after his brother David gives up the crown to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. Struggling with a chronic stammer, Bertie (as his family knew him) must speak to his nation as it stands on the brink of World War II. Enter an unconventional speech therapist named Lionel Logue, whose methods are anything but common. With Logue’s help Bertie finds his voice, and forever changes the course of history. Portraying these two extraordinary men are Harry Hadden-Paton, (Broadway’s My Fair Lady, Downton Abbey, The Crown) and James Frain (The Tudors, True Blood, The White Queen), who lead a stellar cast that brings Seidler’s drama to life on stage—as he first imagined it—in this not-to-be missed North American Premiere.


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The Players

Creative Team

David Seidler Playwright

Michael Wilson Director

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

David C. Woolard Costume Designer

Howell Binkley Lighting Designer

Hana Kim Projection Designer

John Gromada Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig & Make-up Designer

Kate DeVore Dialect Coach

Christopher Baker Dramaturg

Hannah Wolff Associate Director

Bob Mason Casting

Billy Hopkins & Ashley Ingram New York Casting

Jinni Pike Production Stage Manager

Amanda Landis Assistant Stage Manager


Harry Hadden-Paton Bertie

James Frain Lionel Logue

Jeff Diebold Ensemble

Kevin Gudahl Winston Churchill

John Judd King George V

Elizabeth Ledo Myrtle Logue

David Lively Stanley Baldwin

Alan Mandell Cosmo Lang

Tim Monsion Ensemble

Rebecca Night Elizabeth

Jeff Parker David

Tiffany Scott Ensemble

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