Tonight Australian actor Jason Donovan will take to the stage at the Grand Opera House in the stage production of the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.
But the star says despite having a wealth of experience both treading the boards and filming for TV he still gets nervous.
Jason will star as Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue alongside English actor Raymond Coulthard who plays King George VI.
Running from tonight until Saturday April 25 the play tells the story of how 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 becomes increasingly untenable, his brother Bertie, who has previously shied away from the public eye because of a terrible stammer, is thrust in to the spotlight as his likely successor.
The show is a co-production between Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre and will take the audience through the story of a shy Bertie’s relationship with his unconventional speech therapist as he prepares to deliver a significant radio address to millions of listeners in Britain and the Empire as King George VI.
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.
Jason said: “Acting is an artform, it’s what we do.
“It can be tough doing eight shows a week and I really don’t like doing matinees. But everyone involved with the play is one big team so we all help each other. My family and friends all support me.
“Saying that, no matter how many times I go on stage, I still get nervous. I do warm ups and vocal exercises to prepare but I get nervous every time. I’d be worried if I didn’t get nervous — it means I still care about what I do.”
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, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, as well as seven BAFTAs, including Best Film.
Tickets are priced from £20.50 and can be purchased via telephone on 028 9024 1919, by visiting www.goh.co.uk or in person at the theatre’s Box Office located in the foyer.