A King's Speech

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2009043020110106
20130423 (BBC7)
20130424 (BBC7)

By Mark Burgess.

It is 1937, the day of the Coronation, and the newly-crowned George VI must broadcast to the nation and the empire - a terrifying prospect for perhaps the most notable Briton to have suffered from a stammer.

This play focuses on the close working relationship between the King and his speech therapist.

King George VI....Alex Jennings

  • sir john reith....director: david blount

  • sir john reith....director: david blount

    a pier production for bbc radio 4.

    Alex Jennings stars as george vi, who must conquer his stammer to broadcast to the nation

  • lionel logue....trevor littledale
  • myrtle logue....moya o'shea
  • patrick....John Evitts
  • princess elizabeth....emma yeomans
  • princess margaret....agnes fouch

    directed by David Blount.

    the newly-crowned george vi must broadcast to the nation and the empire

  • queen elizabeth....joan walker
  • queen mary....Jean Trend
  • robert wood....chris stanton
  • sir john reith....Crawford Logan

    the action of a king's speech takes place on coronation day, 12th may 1937, and deals with king george vi's preparations for his evening bbc radio broadcast to the nation - a terrifying prospect for perhaps the most notable briton to have suffered from a stammer.

    the coronation ceremony in westminster abbey completed, the new king must face a further challenge - the dreaded royal broadcast, to be delivered under the watchful gaze of the bbc's first director general, sir john reith himself.

    as the tension mounts, speech therapist, lionel logue (played by trevor littledale) must work hard to calm the king's nerves and to prepare him for his ordeal at the microphone.

    no easy task.

    as the king says himself, exploding in fury:

    "dammit!! i can't say 'crowned', can't say 'king'! what use is that? the whole speech is a minefield of 'commonwealths', 'queens' and 'kings'! five hundred and seventy-two words in total, and most of them impossible for me to say!"

    the central scenes of the play feature logue and his pupil.

    comfortable in each other's company, they discuss the speech the king must make in a few hours' time.

    logue's working methods are revealed: the tongue-twisters, breathing exercises, shakespearean quotations - all designed to relax the speaker.

    the king's dependence on, and great friendship with logue becomes apparent.

    their conversation is wide-ranging, dealing with, among other things, the abdication crisis; george vi's childhood - when being both left-handed and a stammerer was frowned on; the king's envy of his elder brother; and his uneasy relationship with his father, king george v.

    this is mark burgess's sixth play for bbc radio 4, all of which have dealt with prominent people at pivotal moments in their lives.

    cast:

    king george vi - Alex Jennings

    queen elizabeth - joan walker

    lionel logue - trevor littledale

    myrtle logue - moya o'shea

    sir john reith - crawford logan

    robert wood - chris stanton

    patrick - john evitts

    queen mary - jean trend

    princess elizabeth - emma yeomans

    princess margaret - agnes fouch

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    newly crowned george vi battles to defeat his stammer ahead of his broadcast to the nation

    the coronation ceremony in westminster abbey completed, the new king must face a further challenge - the dreaded royal broadcast, to be delivered under the watchful gaze of the bbc's first director general, sir john reith himself. as the tension mounts, speech therapist, lionel logue (played by trevor littledale) must work hard to calm the king's nerves and to prepare him for his ordeal at the microphone. no easy task. as the king says himself, exploding in fury:

    "dammit!! i can't say 'crowned', can't say 'king'! what use is that? the whole speech is a minefield of 'commonwealths', 'queens' and 'kings'! five hundred and seventy-two words in total, and most of them impossible for me to say!"

    the central scenes of the play feature logue and his pupil. comfortable in each other's company, they discuss the speech the king must make in a few hours' time. logue's working methods are revealed: the tongue-twisters, breathing exercises, shakespearean quotations - all designed to relax the speaker. the king's dependence on, and great friendship with logue becomes apparent. their conversation is wide-ranging, dealing with, among other things, the abdication crisis; george vi's childhood - when being both left-handed and a stammerer was frowned on; the king's envy of his elder brother; and his uneasy relationship with his father, king george v

  • 2009043020110106

    By Mark Burgess.

    The action of A King's Speech takes place on Coronation Day, 12th May 1937, and deals with King George VI's preparations for his evening BBC Radio broadcast to the Nation - a terrifying prospect for perhaps the most notable Briton to have suffered from a stammer.

    The Coronation Ceremony in Westminster Abbey completed, the new King must face a further challenge - the dreaded royal broadcast, to be delivered under the watchful gaze of the BBC's first Director General, Sir John Reith himself. As the tension mounts, speech therapist, Lionel Logue (played by Trevor Littledale) must work hard to calm the King's nerves and to prepare him for his ordeal at the microphone. No easy task. As the King says himself, exploding in fury:

    "Dammit!! I can't say 'crowned', can't say 'King'! What use is that? The whole speech is a minefield of 'Commonwealths', 'Queens' and 'Kings'! Five hundred and seventy-two words in total, and most of them impossible for me to say!"

    The central scenes of the play feature Logue and his pupil. Comfortable in each other's company, they discuss the speech the King must make in a few hours' time. Logue's working methods are revealed: the tongue-twisters, breathing exercises, Shakespearean quotations - all designed to relax the speaker. The King's dependence on, and great friendship with Logue becomes apparent. Their conversation is wide-ranging, dealing with, among other things, the Abdication Crisis; George VI's childhood - when being both left-handed and a stammerer was frowned on; the King's envy of his elder brother; and his uneasy relationship with his father, King George V.

    This is Mark Burgess's sixth play for BBC Radio 4, all of which have dealt with prominent people at pivotal moments in their lives.

    Cast:

    King George VI....Alex Jennings

    Queen Elizabeth....Joan Walker

    Lionel Logue....Trevor Littledale

    Myrtle Logue....Moya O'Shea

    Sir John Reith....Crawford Logan

    Robert Wood....Chris Stanton

    Patrick....John Evitts

    Queen Mary....Jean Trend

    Princess Elizabeth....Emma Yeomans

    Princess Margaret....Agnes Fouch

    Producer/Director: David Blount

    A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

    Alex Jennings stars as George VI, who must conquer his stammer to broadcast to the nation.

    *2009043020110106

    By Mark Burgess.

    It is 1937, the day of the Coronation, and the newly-crowned George VI must broadcast to the nation and the empire - a terrifying prospect for perhaps the most notable Briton to have suffered from a stammer.

    This play focuses on the close working relationship between the King and his speech therapist.

    King George VI....Alex Jennings

  • sir john reith....director: david blount

    a pier production for bbc radio 4.

    alex jennings stars as george vi, who must conquer his stammer to broadcast to the nation

  • lionel logue....trevor littledale
  • myrtle logue....moya o'shea
  • patrick....John Evitts
  • princess elizabeth....emma yeomans
  • princess margaret....agnes fouch

    directed by David Blount.

    the newly-crowned george vi must broadcast to the nation and the empire

  • queen elizabeth....joan walker
  • queen mary....Jean Trend
  • robert wood....chris stanton
  • sir john reith....Crawford Logan

    the action of a king's speech takes place on coronation day, 12th may 1937, and deals with king george vi's preparations for his evening bbc radio broadcast to the nation - a terrifying prospect for perhaps the most notable briton to have suffered from a stammer.

    the coronation ceremony in westminster abbey completed, the new king must face a further challenge - the dreaded royal broadcast, to be delivered under the watchful gaze of the bbc's first director general, sir john reith himself.

    as the tension mounts, speech therapist, lionel logue (played by trevor littledale) must work hard to calm the king's nerves and to prepare him for his ordeal at the microphone.

    no easy task.

    as the king says himself, exploding in fury:

    "dammit!! i can't say 'crowned', can't say 'king'! what use is that? the whole speech is a minefield of 'commonwealths', 'queens' and 'kings'! five hundred and seventy-two words in total, and most of them impossible for me to say!"

    the central scenes of the play feature logue and his pupil.

    comfortable in each other's company, they discuss the speech the king must make in a few hours' time.

    logue's working methods are revealed: the tongue-twisters, breathing exercises, shakespearean quotations - all designed to relax the speaker.

    the king's dependence on, and great friendship with logue becomes apparent.

    their conversation is wide-ranging, dealing with, among other things, the abdication crisis; george vi's childhood - when being both left-handed and a stammerer was frowned on; the king's envy of his elder brother; and his uneasy relationship with his father, king george v.

    this is mark burgess's sixth play for bbc radio 4, all of which have dealt with prominent people at pivotal moments in their lives.

    cast:

    king george vi - alex jennings

    queen elizabeth - joan walker

    lionel logue - trevor littledale

    myrtle logue - moya o'shea

    sir john reith - crawford logan

    robert wood - chris stanton

    patrick - john evitts

    queen mary - jean trend

    princess elizabeth - emma yeomans

    princess margaret - agnes fouch

    producer