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.


A gentleman in a tuxedo, carnation in boutonniere, is gargling

while a TECHNICIAN holds a porcelain bowl and a towel at the

ready. The man in the tuxedo is a BBC NEWS READER. He

expectorates discreetly into the bowl, wipes his mouth

fastidiously, and signals to ANOTHER TECHNICIAN who produces an

atomizer. The Reader opens his mouth, squeezes the rubber bulb,

and sprays his inner throat. Now, he's ready. He looks to the

control room.

The FLOOR MANAGER begins a count-down: five... four... three...



Ladies and Gentlemen: good afternoon. This

is the BBC National and World Programmes

taking you to Wembley Stadium.

He speaks in flawless pear-shaped tones. There's no higher

creature in the vocal world.


ELEVATED SHOT looking down on a sea of dripping black umbrellas

hiding the spectators from view.

Bertie and Elizabeth takes their places in a row of gilded

chairs with the other dignitaries. They are:

KING GEORGE V - a barrel-chested man with Naval beard and

uniform, accompanied by his wife.

QUEEN MARY - an elegant but icy grande dame.

DR COSMO LANG - a tall, unctuous, churchman with a high, domed,

balding head, and a perpetual expression of moral superiority.

WINSTON CHURCHILL - a politician of sixty, as portly as Lang is

lean. They are bantering rivals in ambition.

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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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