Jason Donovan’s Speech for King’s

Aug 25 2014 | By More

Slab Boys and King’s Speech announced for 2015

John Byrne’s Slab Boys and a new production of The King’s Speech featuring Jason Donovan have been announced as part of the Edinburgh King’s 2015 drama season.

Gerard Kelly (left) and David Hayman (right) in the 1982 production of the Slab Boys 1982

Gerard Kelly (left) and David Hayman (right) in the 1982 production of the Slab Boys

The Slab Boys will see Byrne reunited with David Hayman, who directed the original Traverse production back in 1978. It is part of the Glasgow Citizens 70th anniversary season and will tour to the King’s next March 10-14, 2015.

Full casting has yet to be announced but Hayman will play Mr Currie, the gaffer in the slab room of a carpet factory where a pair of bantering adolescents are starting work. Byrne will design the production.

David Hayman said: It is especially exciting to be revisiting The Slab Boys which is one of the most important and iconic pieces of theatre to come out of Scotland in the last 30 years. It is a celebration of working class life, a wonderful story of high hopes and lost dreams.”

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Jason Donovan is the only confirmed casting in the new touring production of The King’s Speech, directed by Birmingham Rep’s Roxana Silbert, which opens at the Chichester Festival Theatre in February and runs at the King’s from May 18 – 25 2015.

This is the play from which the Oscar-winning movie starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was adapted. Jason Donovan will play Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, played by Rush in the movie.

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. It enjoyed an acclaimed West End season in 2012.

It is set in 1936 when King Edward VIII has abdicated for the love of Wallis Simpson. Bertie, his brother, is crowned King George VI. At an office in Harley Street in London, Bertie and his wife Elizabeth (the future much-loved Queen Mother) meet maverick speech therapist and failed actor, Lionel Logue.

The eccentric therapist and the King take an 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.

Tickets for both shows are already on sale to Friends of the Festival and King’s Theatres. They go on public sale from Monday 1 September.


The Slab Boys
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edunburgh EH3 9LQ
Tue 10 to Sat 14 March 2015
Evenings 7.30pm. Wed & Sat mats: 2.30pm
Details and tickets from: www.edtheatres.com/slabboys

The King’s Speech
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edunburgh EH3 9LQ
Tue 19 to Sat 23 May 2015
Evenings 7.30pm. Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Details and tickets from: www.edtheatres.com/kingsspeech

The Slab Boys on tour:
12 Feb – 7 March, 2015 Glasgow
Citizens Theatre
0141 429 0022 Book online
Tue 10 – Sat 14 March, 2015 Edinburgh
Kings Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
The King’s Speech on tour 2015:
Thurs 5 – Sat 14 Feb Chichester
Festival Theatre
01243 781321 Book online
Weds 25 Feb – Sat 7 March Birmingham
Repertory Theatre
0121 236 4455 Book online
Mon 9 – Sat 14 March Cambridge
Arts Theatre
01223 503333 Book online
Mon 16 – Sat 21 March Glasgow
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7627 Book online
Mon 30 March – Sat 4 April Manchester
Opera House
0844 871 3018 Book online
Tue 7 – Sat 11 April Woking
New Victoria Theatre
0844 871 7645 Book online
Mon 13 – Sat 18 April Sheffield
Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000 Book online
Mon 20 – Sat 25 April Belfast
Grand Opera House
028 9024 1919 Book online
Mon 27 April – Sat 2 May Malvern
Malvern Theatre
01684 892 277 Book online
Tue 5 – Sat 9 May Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652 Book online
Mon 11 – Sat 16 May Oxford
01865 305 305 Book online
Mon 18 – Sat 25 May Edinburgh
Kings Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
Tue 28 May – Sat 1 June Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 270 Book online
Mon 3 June – Sat 8 June Truro
Hall For Cornwall
01872 262466 Book online


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