Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Jason Donovan stars in 2015 UK Tour of The King's Speech

Jason Donovan has been cast as Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in the upcoming UK tour of The King's Speech.

Roxana Silbert will direct the production which was staged in the West End in 2012. The new tour opens at the Chichester Festival Theatre on Thursday 5th February 2015.

The play tells the iconic story of King George VI's relationship with his speech therapist, as the country stands on the brink of World War II. 1936: King Edward VIII has abdicated for the love of Wallis Simpson. Bertie, his brother, is crowned King George VI of England.

At an office in Harley Street in London, Bertie and his wife Elizabeth (the future much-loved Queen Mother) are meeting maverick speech therapist and failed actor, Lionel Logue. Soon the eccentric therapist and the King begin their extraordinary journey to overcome the King's stammer as he prepares to address the nation, while Great Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War.

Described as "one of the most successful British films of all time", The King's Speech won 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, as well as 7 BAFTAs, including Best Film.

Further casting and dates to be announced.

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