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THE KING’S SPEECH To Make D.C. Debut At National Theatre

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David Seidler’s original play THE KING’S SPEECH will make its D.C. debut at the National Theatre from February 11-16, 2020. The original play – which inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film by the same name – marks the eleventh installment in the venue’s 2019-2020 Broadway at the National series, which is set to include an unprecedented 17 productions.

Tickets for THE KING’S SPEECH may be purchased at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday from 12pm-6pm and two hours prior to every performance). The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C.

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.”


Drama Desk Award winner Nick Westrate will star as Bertie (Prince Albert, Duke of York), with Michael Bakkensen as speech therapist Lionel Logue.

The ensemble will include Jeff Diebold (Royal Herald / Royal Footman), Kevin Gudahl (Winston Churchill), John Judd (George V), Elizabeth Ledo (Myrtle Logue), David Lively (Stanley Baldwin), Tim Monsion (BBC News Reader / Royal Footman), Maggie Lacey (Elizabeth, Duchess of York), Jeff Parker (David, Prince of Wales), Tiffany Scott (Wallis Simpson), Chad Patterson (Royal Foortman), and Trevor Strahan (Royal Footmen). Additional cast includes Harry Belden, Michelle Jasso, Bill Kux, and Tony Dobrowolski.

THE KING’S SPEECH is written by David Seidler, with direction by Michael Wilson. The creative team includes Tova Wolff (Associate Director), Kevin DePinet (Scenic Designer), David C. Woolard (Costume Designer), Howell Binkley (Lighting Designer), Hana Kim (Projection Designer), Richard Jarvie (Wig and Make-Up Designer), and Jane Lanier (Choreographer). Original Music and Sound Design is by John Gromada. Additional creative team includes Robert Croghan (Assistant Costume Designer), Jeremy Cunningham (Associate Lighting Designer), Joseph Disbrow (Associate Sound Designer), and Shane-Ann Youts (Dialect Coach). Casting is by Bob Mason, Billy Hopkins, and Ashley Ingram.

THE KING’S SPEECH will run Tuesday, February 11 through Sunday, February 16. The production is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm
Sunday evening at 7:30pm
The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C. Nearby metro stops include Metro Center and Federal Triangle. For parking information, please visit

Tickets for THE KING’S SPEECH may be purchased at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday from 12pm-6pm and two hours prior to every performance).

Groups of 10 or more can save on most Broadway at the National performances. To book, contact the group sales department at or by calling the Group Sales Hotline at 202-753-6867.

Two hours prior to all THE KING’S SPEECH show times, individuals may submit their names in person to be drawn to purchase up to two tickets at $25 per ticket (inclusive of all fees). Twenty lottery seats will be available for purchase for each of the above-mentioned performances. Names will be announced 30 minutes after the entry period begins (90 minutes prior to the show time). Individuals must be present, with cash, to redeem the offer.

The National Theatre invites patrons to dine pre- or post-show with partners The Occidental, BLT Prime by David Burke, Claudia’s Steakhouse, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fig & Olive, Flight Wine Bar, The Hamilton, Mirabelle, MXDC, and Proper 21. For more information about restaurant partners and special deals, visit


Located on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the National Theatre opened in 1835 and is the oldest touring theatre in the country. Managed by Nederlander, the National is home to the new and exciting subscription series Broadway at the National and has featured the world premieres of IF/THEN, MEAN GIRLS, and BEETLEJUICE. Other significant recent theatrical presentations include BLITHE SPIRIT starring Angela Lansbury and LES MISÉRABLES, as well as numerous Washington, D.C. premieres, notably MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, AMERICAN IDIOT, FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, NEWSIES, and more. In addition, the National has presented many special events and concerts, including Kacey Musgraves, Dave Koz, Bryan Adams, Bill Burr, Eddie Izzard, Savion Glover, ThePianoGuys, Amanda Palmer, and John Cameron Mitchell.

The remainder of the 2019-2020 Broadway at the National season will include: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY (January 31 – February 1, 2020), BANDSTAND (March 3-8, 2020), STING STARRING IN THE LAST SHIP (March 27 – April 5, 2020), ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (April 7-12, 2020), BLUE MAN GROUP (May 8-17, 2020), BABY SHARK LIVE! (June 5-7, 2020), and SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL (July 22 – August 2, 2020).

For more information and a complete list of upcoming events, visit, or follow the National Theatre on Facebook (NationalTheatreWashingtonDC), Twitter (@NatTheatreDC), and Instagram (@NatTheatreDC).