Tuesday 26th of August 2014
There are delighted staff at Car Hire Glasgow Airport after the news of a successful British film was coming to the city in theatre form.
It has been revealed that Jason Donovan will play the key role of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, for the theatre version of The King’s Speech coming to Glasgow.
The play tells the story of King George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist as the country stands on the brink of the Second World War. Set in 1936, King Edward VIII has abdicated for the love of Wallis Simpson and Bertie, his brother, is crowned King George VI of England.
The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, proved to be one of the most successful British films of all time, winning four Academy Awards. However, while the play enjoyed a critically acclaimed West End run in 2012, the show suffered because it came too close to the release of the film.
Now it is thought enough time has passed and the stage show will attract an audience. Writer David Siedler said it was the depth and strength of the play’s script which saw it transformed into a film in the first place.
Mr Siedler, who also has a stammer, said “George VI was a childhood hero of mine, and as I grew up I wanted to write about him. It was only when I started to research him that I got these little blips on the radar about Lionel Logue – and one of the blips suggested that he wasn’t what he seemed. He wasn’t a doctor, he hadn’t had formal training. I thought; ‘That’s the story.’ ”
The King’s Speech, The Theatre Royal, March 16-21, 2015.