The King's Speech

Ages: 13+
Opened: September 12, 2019
Closing: October 20, 2019

The King's Speech - 2019 - Chicago (Regional) History , Info & More

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800 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

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.

The King's Speech - 2019 - Chicago (Regional) Cast

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Acorn TV's THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE Begins Season 2 Production
by Michael Major - Oct 12, 2022

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV's The Chelsea Detective will return in 2023. With production now underway in and around London, Adrian Scarborough (Killing Eve, The King’s Speech, 1917) returns as Detective Inspector Max Arnold alongside new co-lead Vanessa Emme (Dublin Murders, Three Families) as the sharp, diligent Detective Sergeant Layla Walsh. 

Photos: Jason Donovan and Peter Andre in GREASE in the West End
by Grace Cutler - Jul 6, 2022

Australian star singer and actor Jason Donovan will play Teen Angel at certain performances in a new production of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s iconic musical GREASE, which plays at the Dominion. Check out photos!

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brings the Music of Harry Potter to Life at the Sydney Opera House
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2022

On Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February, 2023, Nicholas Buc will conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in performing Alexandre Desplat’s incredible score live from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

Celebrate The Jubilee At The Old Royal Naval College June 2022
by A.A. Cristi - May 6, 2022

Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee this June at the Old Royal Naval College.  This iconic London landmark is the perfect place to come together with fun events for the whole family all weekend long.  As part of the Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, there will be The Queen's Visit exhibition, interactive open-air theatre show A Midsummer Faery Den and a daring escapology and acrobatics performance, Submersion.  

VIDEO: First Look at ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is presenting William Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well in the Courtyard Theater through May 29, 2022.  

Refracted Theatre Company Announces Inaugural Chicago Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 27, 2022

Refracted Theatre Company has announced its inaugural Chicago season, featuring a launch event, a world premiere production and a new play development initiative. Refracted is dedicated to curating experiences where curiosity is rewarded with the unexpected, and an open heart is met with a colorful display of what it means to be human.

The Southbank Centre Announces Jubilee Events This June
by Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2022

The Southbank Centre today announces a programme to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Taking place across Wednesday 1 -  Sunday 5 June 2022, the Southbank Centre's eclectic programme of Jubilee events encompasses both “Official” and “Alternative” Royal Command Performances alongside classical music, punk, dance, performance and parties, to appeal to diverse and wide-ranging audiences.

Jason Donovan Will Play Teen Angel in GREASE at Certain Performances at The Dominion Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Mar 25, 2022

Australian star singer and actor Jason Donovan will play Teen Angel at certain performances in a new production of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's iconic musical GREASE, opening at the Dominion Theatre on Tuesday 17 May 2022, with previews from Tuesday 3 May 2022.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Announces Cast and Creatives For William Shakespeare's ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2022

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast and creative team for the upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, staged by acclaimed director Shana Cooper.

VIDEO: Adrian Scarborough Stars in THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE Trailer
by Michael Major - Jan 19, 2022

DI Arnold (Scarborough) lives on a houseboat on the Thames, in Chelsea, after separating from his art dealer wife Astrid (Anamaria Marinca), just yards from some of the most valuable real estate in Europe. Chelsea is a beautiful borough for beautiful people, but it has a dark underside of deprivation, violence, greed – and murder.

Handel and Haydn Society Presents Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Dec 6, 2021

The Handel and Haydn Society celebrates the glory of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony on January 7 and 9, 2022 at Symphony Hall in Boston. Led by Czech conductor Václav Luks in his H+H debut, the performances will also include Joseph Bologne's spirited Overture to L'amant Anonyme and an H+H premiere of composer Jan Vaclav Voříšek's only symphony.

PUNCHY! Comes To The Courtyard Theatre in November
by Stephi Wild - Oct 4, 2021

The cast has been announced for Punchy! The Musical, a brand new musical at The Courtyard Theatre. This raucous, affecting piece of gig-theatre brings the soulful sounds of the 1950s to the heart of Hoxton.  Robert Hook (Peaky Blinders, BBC; The Milkman's on His Way) will take on the lead role of the wayward and conflicted George 'Punchy' Armstrong.

HK Phil Music Director Maestro Jaap van Zweden opens the 2021/22 Season
by Stephi Wild - Sep 3, 2021

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) opens its 2021/22 season with Music Director Jaap van Zweden returning to Hong Kong to conduct two stellar programmes in the first two weeks of Septembe

7th Installment of the HARRY POTTER Film Concert Series Announced at NJPAC
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 12, 2021

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in Concert, the second to last film in the Harry Potter series.

Wayne Brady, Carly Simon & More Featured at The American Institute For Stuttering's 15th Annual 'Freeing Voices, Changing Lives' Virtual Event
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jul 12, 2021

Simon, Brady, Stossel, and attorney Eric R. Dinallo are among the public figures who discuss their personal experiences with stuttering at the American Institute for Stuttering's 15th annual 'Freeing Voices, Changing Lives' celebration on July 8, 2021.

Allston James' FIRST STONE FROM THE MOON Announced as Runner-up For Windsor Branagh New Drama Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 22, 2021

'First Stone From the Moon,' a surreal drama set in a Yorkshire pub and the Outer Hebrides, is among Runners-Up for the 18th Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. The three Finalists and six Runners-up were chosen from 220 entries from 14 countries.

Helena Bonham Carter to Narrate EDEN: UNTAMED PLANET
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2021

Eden: Untamed Planet invites viewers to travel to the far corners of the planet and discover the secrets of Earth’s few remaining untouched lands, all flourishing with rich biodiversity. Isolated from the rest of the world, life here exists as nature truly intended. 

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series Returns With HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 in Concert
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2021

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series will return to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in Concert, the second to last film in the Harry Potter series. 

I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY Presented by Refracted Theatre Company Adds Live Performances June 5 & 6
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 2, 2021

Refracted Theatre Company has announced 2 additional performances of their acclaimed World Premiere production of I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY as part of NYC's Open Culture program on June 5 & 6.

Harrison David Rivers' I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY Premieres Live in May
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 7, 2021

Refracted Theatre Company will present the World Premiere of I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHY as part of NYC's Open Culture program May 22 -30. This audio immersive theatrical experience is written by award-winning playwright Harrison David Rivers and directed by Refracted's Artistic Director Tova Wolff.

2021 Blossom Music Festival Individual Tickets on Sale Now
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2021

Individual tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2021 Blossom Music Festival season are on sale today. With the addition of a performance on July 4, twelve concerts are part of the 2021 Blossom Music Festival, which runs from Fourth of July through Labor Day weekends at the Orchestra’s scenic summer home in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Audio Play CUNCH, the Final Part in the First Series of WRITTEN ON THE WAVES is Available Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Apr 29, 2021

45North and Ellie Keel Productions today announce CUNCH by Marika McKennell as the final audio play in the first series of Written on the Waves.

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Comes to Digital March 2nd
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 23, 2021

Dazzling critics and audiences alike, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN offers a gripping and foreboding comedic look at toxic culture norms that permeate throughout society and has earned an extraordinary 91% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes®.

Celebrate The Magical Music Of The Movies At Dubai Opera This February
by Stephi Wild - Jan 18, 2021

Love the movies but love the soundtracks even more? The UAE-based NSO Symphony Orchestra, conducted by NSO Music Director Andrew Berryman, brings an array of spectacular film scores to life in a rousing concert this February at Dubai Opera as the orchestra celebrates its tenth anniversary.

AMMONITE Available on Digital Jan. 12
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jan 7, 2021

A passionate and all-consuming love affair changes the lives of two 19th century women in AMMONITE, written and directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), the extraordinary film arrives on Digital, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 12, 2021.

52nd Annual Equity Jeff Awards Nominations Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2020

The Jeff Awards has announced the nominees for the 52nd annual awards for theater excellence that include 142 theater artists across 30 artistic and technical categories. The awards will be presented in an online program on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00PM.

Veteran Broadway GM Nathan Gehan Opens New Firm ShowTown Theatricals
by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2020

Broadway general manager Nathan Gehan has announced the opening of his own general management firm, ShowTown Theatricals. 

RATINGS: NBC Tops Viewers; Shares Demo Crown with CBS
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Aug 25, 2020

Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/24/20).

VIDEO: Watch Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock as Holmes' Sister in the New Teaser Trailer for ENOLA HOLMES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2020

A new teaser trailer for Enola Holmes, starring Millie Bobby Brown and coming to Netflix in September 2020, has been released.

Hartford Stage Sues Production Company For Failing to Refund $145,000 Following Cancelled Production of THE KING'S SPEECH
by Stephi Wild - Aug 7, 2020

Hartford Stage has sued a production company for failing to refund $145,000 in deposits following the cancellation its run of The Kinga??s Speech.

Richard Skipper Celebrates Jamie DeRoy With PART TWO: THE BROADWAY YEARS To Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
by Stephi Wild - Jul 19, 2020

Richard Skipper Celebrates Jamie deRoy with Part Two: The Broadway Years to benefit  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Christina Bianco, Matt Henry & More Lead Line Up For THE BARN THEATRE PRESENTS: THE MUSIC OF FINN ANDERSON
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2020

The Barn Theatre has announced an all-star line up for their second virtual concert, The Barn Theatre Presents: The Music of Finn Anderson, which will celebrate the work of the Scottish musical theatre composer Finn Anderson.

The Barn Theatre Announces an Evening With Michael Morpurgo
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2020

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has announced that they will stream an exclusive question and answer session with internationally best-selling author Michael Morpurgo on Saturday 16 May at 7:30pm.

West End Stars Announced For Daniel and Laura Curtis Virtual Concert
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2020

The Barn Theatre have announced a new virtual concert series showcasing the works of Britain's musical theatre composers, beginning with The Barn Theatre Presents: The Music of Daniel and Laura Curtis.

VIDEO: Cast of SIX, Heather Headley & More Will Toast Shakespeare's Birthday with Chicago Shakespeare Theater- Live at 8:30pm!
by Stephi Wild - Apr 23, 2020

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a one-night-only streaming event Toast to Shakespeare's Birthday! tomorrow, Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

Netflix Acquires Legendary Entertainment's ENOLA HOLMES
by Kaitlin Milligan - Apr 21, 2020

Netflix has acquired global rights, excluding China, to Enola Holmes from Legendary Entertainment. 

Dark Comedy Short OPEN HOUSE Launches On It's A Short
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 31, 2020

Screenwriter Brad Holloway's new dark comedy Open House 1-4 is now available on It's A Short (, an online streaming platform that celebrates and promotes short films worldwide.

Hartford Stage Announces a Decrease of 70 Percent of its Operating Staff in Response to the Current Health Crisis
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 20, 2020

One week after cancelling the four remaining performances of Jane Eyre, and the entire run of The King's Speech as well as the financial impact of having to cancel its premier annual fundraising gala, Hartford Stage has announced that it has taken action to reduce its employee workforce by way of position eliminations and furloughs.

Judi Dench Hasn't Seen CATS, Says Razzie Nomination is a First
by Kaitlin Milligan - Mar 13, 2020

Judi Dench, who played Old Deuteronomy in the recent live-action adaptation of Cats, shared that she has yet to see the Tom Hooper-directed film.

JANE EYRE And THE KING'S SPEECH Canceled at Hartford Stage
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 12, 2020

Based on recommendations from state and local government in response to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19, Hartford Stage is canceling all remaining performances of Jane Eyre (March 12-14) and the run of The King's Speech, scheduled for March 19 through April 19.

Meet the Cast of FLYING OVER SUNSET - Now in Previews on Broadway!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 12, 2020

Flying Over Sunset is officially in previews on Broadway! The musical, with book and direction by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Michael Korie, and choreography by Michelle Dorrance will open Thursday, April 16.

Philadelphia Stars Fill The Walnut Stage For Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2020

Walnut Street Theatre (WST) continues its 211th season with Gore Vidal's thrilling political drama, THE BEST MAN. Directed by Broadway veteran Michael Wilson, the production begins previews on March 10, opens March 18, and continues through April 26 on the Walnut's Mainstage.

THE KING'S SPEECH Comes To Hartford Stage In March
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 24, 2020

Former Artistic Director Michael Wilson will return to Hartford Stage in March to direct the original play which inspired the Academy Award-winning film The King's Speech. Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter David Seidler, the play tells the true story of King George VI, his speech therapist Lionel Logue, and a friendship that helped steer the course of history. The King's Speech will run Thursday, March 19, through Sunday, April 19.

Sam Mendes' 1917 Heads to Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD
by Kaitlin Milligan - Feb 21, 2020

1917, the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning action spectacle including Academy Award® winner for Best Cinematography arrives on Digital March 10, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD March 24, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Hailed as “One of the most extraordinary cinematic achievements of the year” (JoBlo), the universally acclaimed film combines groundbreaking film making, memorable performances, and an unforgettable insight into the human experience against the shattering background of war. Additionally an Oscar® winner for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing, 1917 is “a new war movie classic” (NY Post).

Naples Filmmaker Brad Holloway Debuts Short Comedy OPEN HOUSE 1-4
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 18, 2020

Naples, Florida-based screenwriter Brad Holloway makes his directorial debut with his new short comedy Open House 1-4, a film that takes a dark yet humorous look at the intensely competitive and sometimes dangerous real estate industry. The film is currently on the festival circuit.

Review Roundup: THE KING'S SPEECH at the National Theatre - What Did the Critics Think?
by Review Roundups - Feb 14, 2020

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

BWW Review: THE KING'S SPEECH at DC's National Theatre, from the Perspective of Someone Who Stutters
by Jennifer Perry - Feb 13, 2020

At the end of the evening, sitting in the National Theatre, I was impressed with the care the cast and creative team took to present this story onstage. It's not your standard political drama, and it's not your standard inspirational porn about a person with a disability either. It's a compelling story about a complex man - complex like all of us. As a person who stutters, I may have identified with Bertie's struggles in a more personal way than many theatergoers and appreciated that his voice - his true voice - could be heard and not stifled. However, at the end of the day, don't we all just want to be heard and seen and valued for who we are?

CATS Will Be Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download on April 7
by Stephi Wild - Feb 8, 2020

The Cats film will be available to own this spring! The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as digital download, on April 7, 2020.

THE KING'S SPEECH To Make D.C. Debut At National Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 21, 2020

David Seidler's original play THE KING'S SPEECH will make its D.C. debut at the National Theatre from February 11-16, 2020.

CATS Arrives in Philippine Cinemas 8 January 2020
by Oliver Oliveros - Jan 4, 2020

If you live in the Philippines, you'll now have the chance to see Universal Pictures' film adaptation of the famous stage musical Cats, directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables). The movie arrives in Philippine cinemas on 8 January 2020.



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