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A play reading fit for a king

Whilst many people are aware of the much lauded 2010 film, The King’s Speech was originally conceived as a stage play but was not presented in that form until 2012. The story of how King George VI overcame his fear of public speaking through the help of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue was first researched by the playwright David Seidler in the 1970s but he was asked by the Queen Mother to withhold the story until after her death which did not occur until 2002.

The play has nine characters (7M & 2F) and is best presented with a minimal set allowing for a non-stop flow of scenes, some very short, others extended covering a range of locations. The play is under consideration to be our Spring 2024 production to be directed by Richard Weller.

In order that as many people as possible are aware of the play, we will be hosting a reading of The King’s Speech at Shottermill Club, 2 Liphook Road, Haslemere on Wednesday 6 July starting at 7:30 pm. These are not auditions (these would be held much nearer to the production date) and all are very welcome whether it be to read or simply enjoy the evening.

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