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Royal Drama at DC's National Theatre Feb. 11-16

It’s not the modern drama of Harry and Meghan departing England, but for the National Theatre, the timing is perfect.

THE KING’S SPEECH makes its USA debut at the National Theatre in DC on February 11-16, 2020.

The original play inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film.

King George VI (Bertie) is thrust onto the world stage after his older brother, Edward, abdicates to marry an American (precedent for Harry?) Shy, fragile, and afflicted with a profound stammer, Bertie is ill equipped to lead a nation on the brink of World War II.

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.”

Tickets for THE KING’S SPEECH may be purchased here by calling 1.800.514.3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12pm-6pm and two hours prior to every performance).

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

THE KING’S SPEECH was written by David Seidler, with direction by Michael Wilson.

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 7:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm
  • Sunday evening at 7:30 pm

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

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

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).