The King's Speech script
Synopsis: England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence.

STANLEY BALDWIN - the Prime Minister of the day. Heavy-browed.

His hair, as always, parted down the middle.

NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN - Chancellor of the Exchequer. Tall, thin,

lugubrious, with the expression of a quizzical chicken hawk.

A BBC technician places a huge imposing microphone suspended on

springs next to the stadium equipment. It looks frightening,

even to us. Bertie's shoulders brace as though expecting a

blow. Elizabeth sees his terror.

TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 5.

ELIZABETH:

Why wasn't he told?

COSMO LANG:

Ten million people listening around the

world, Mam. Possibly more.

(as though Bertie didn't

exist)

His brother, and father, have been

broadcasting since last year.

The King, growing impatient, hisses:

KING GEORGE V:

Get on with it. Show what you're made of!

Bertie moves forward diffidently, without an ounce of

confidence, knowing deep within he's doomed. His stomach knots,

chest muscles contract, constricting his breath.

BERTIE:

Luh-luh-lords, la-la-ladies, gen-tell-men.

It is a shock to realize this is a man with a profound stutter.

A man who cannot speak in public.

Lang whispers to Churchill. When Lang whispers, everyone can

hear.

COSMO LANG:

I wouldn't miss His Highness' maiden voyage

for all the world. And on such an important

occasion.

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David Seidler

David Seidler (born 1937) is a British-American playwright and film and television writer. He was most successful for writing the play and the screenplay for the film The King's Speech, for which he won the Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. more…

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