Donovan will help the King with his speech

Jason Donovan and Raymond Coulthard in The King's Speech
Jason Donovan and Raymond Coulthard in The King's Speech
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Jason Donovan will star in a stage version of The King’s Speech coming to the Oxford Playhouse in May.

The King’s Speech runs from Monday May 11 to Saturday May 16.

Enduring heart throb Jason Donovan takes on the role of Lionel Logue, King George’s Australian speech therapist, who was played by Geoffrey Rush in the hit movie of the same name.

Donovan said 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, best known for his roles on Hotel Babylon and Mr Selfridge, will take up the role of the king, a part which won Colin Firth an Oscar.

The theatre has just announced its spring season, with other highlights including Tom Stoppard’s modern masterpiece Arcadia (April 13-18), delightfully silly Jeeves and Wooster starring Robert Webb (February 10-14).

The House of Fun with BBC Radio 4’s Arthur Smith (January 23), Michael Morpurgo’s spellbinding children’s tale, I Believe in Unicorns (April 1-4) and stand-up comedians Gina Yashere (March 5), Andy Parsons (March 25) and Simon Amstell (March 7) all roll into Oxford too.