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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

The King's Speech

Mar 19–20, 2020
50 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103, United States

In 1936, with economic unease and restlessness growing in the world, Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom, abdicated the throne so that he could marry Wallis Simpson, a divorcée. This meant that the crown came to his younger brother George VI, known as “Bertie.” The chaotic times called for a rousing leader. But Bertie, afflicted by both shyness and a severe stutter, could hardly get through a long sentence, let alone define the nation. This play about his hard-won triumph, written by David Seidler, who himself once suffered from a stutter, sold out in its original West End run. Seidler then adapted the play for the screen, where it became an award-winning film. It is now back onstage for a U.S. tour. —C.J.F.

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