‘I think Lionel Logue will be fascinating to play’

Jason Donovan and Raymond Coulthard in The King's Speech
Jason Donovan and Raymond Coulthard in The King's Speech
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Raymond Coulthard and Jason Donovan will star in a new production of The King’s Speech which will visit Chichester Festival Theatre in February as part of a 2015 national tour.

The show, produced by the theatre in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, tells the story of King George VI and his relationship with his speech therapist. As the country stands on the brink of the Second World War, the nation looks to their leader for strength, but the royal has his own battles to overcome first.

Raymond will play the tongue-tied monarch and Jason will play Lionel Logue, the maverick speech therapist who helps George overcome his stutter.

The play was adapted into the successful film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, winning Best Film at the Oscars and the BAFTAs.

Showbiz veteran Jason is no stranger to the theatre. His credits include Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

He says: ‘I am really looking forward to starting rehearsals for The King’s Speech and getting into the character of Logue. He was such an interesting and remarkable Australian, who achieved so much in a very challenging situation and I think he will be fascinating to play.’

Raymond Coulthard plays King George VI. His extensive theatre credits include most recently Heartbreak House at Chichester Festival Theatre, and on television he played Miles Egerton in ITV’s Mr Selfridge.

The King’s Speech comes to the Festival Theatre on February 5-14 at 7.30pm, with limited matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets: £20-32, visit cft.org.uk