Jason Donovan prepares for The King’s Speech opening at Chichester

Jason Donovan & Raymond Coulthard in The King's Speech. Photo by Hugh Glendinning.
Jason Donovan & Raymond Coulthard in The King’s Speech. Photo by Hugh Glendinning.

The King’s Speech, the play from which the Oscar-winning movie was adapted, starts its national tour at Chichester Festival Theatre next month.

Raymond Coulthard stars as King George VI and Jason Donovan as his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.

They are joined by Jeremy Bennett, Nicholas Blane, John Fagan, Jamie Hinde, Felicity Houlbrooke, William Hoyland, Claire Lams, Katy Stephens and Martin Turner.

Directed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s artistic director Roxana Silbert, the production opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on February 5.

The play tells the iconic story of King George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist.

As the world stands on the brink of war, King Edward VIII sparks controversy with his love for married socialite, Wallis Simpson.

As Edward’s position become increasingly untenable, his brother Bertie, who has previously shied away from the public eye because of a terrible stammer, is thrust into the spotlight as his likely successor.

With the support of his wife Elizabeth (the much-loved future Queen Mother), Bertie meets maverick speech therapist and failed actor, Lionel Logue, at an office in Harley Street.

Together they embark on an unlikely journey to prepare Bertie to lead his country as King George VI.

The King’s Speech is the true and heart-warming story of one man’s struggle to overcome his personal affliction and, in his country’s darkest hour, deliver the now iconic speech broadcast across the globe to inspire his people.

One of the most successful British films of all time, The King’s Speech won four Academy Awards as well as seven BAFTAs, including Best Film.

2015 Tour Dates:

February 5–14, Chichester Festival Theatre
February 25-March 7, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
March 9-14, Arts Theatre, Cambridge
March 16-21, Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
March 30-April 4, Manchester Opera House
April 7-11, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
April 13-18, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
April 21-28, Grand Opera House, Belfast
April 27-May 2, Malvern Theatres
May 5-9, Milton Keynes Theatre
May 11-16, Oxford Playhouse
May 18-25, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
May 26-June 1, Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
June 3-8, Hall for Cornwall, Truro.

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