Singer and actor Jason Donovan has announced a new 34-date UK tour, which includes a Derbyshire show.
The Australian star, who shot to fame in Neighbours before launching a music career, is taking to the road later in the year for an autobiographical show ‘Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis’.
The ‘in conversation' style show will be filled with stories, laughter and music spanning Jason’s career.
Tickets for the tour, which includes a date at Buxton Opera House on November 6, will go on sale on Friday March 24 at 10am via www.jasondonovan.com.
Jason said: “In the past I’ve either been too young, too busy or too dazed and confused to be able to make sense my life. But now, on the eve of my fiftieth birthday - and older and wiser, if a little more weathered - I believe that I am finally in a position to put my life into perspective. I’m in a great place, surrounded by good people and don’t feel like I need to prove myself any more”.
The 80s heartthrob, famous for dating Kylie Minogue, scored 16 hit singles and sold over 30 million records as well as appearing in a series of hit West End musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. But at the time, it didn't make him happy…
Pigeon-holed and marginalised as a teen heart throb and family entertainer, Donovan’s desire to shake-off his heart throb image and be cool and credible resulted in him famously collapsing during a cocaine fuelled binge at Johnny Depp and Kate Moss's party and passing out on top of Jack Nicholson.
Meeting his wife and the subsequent birth of his children forced Donovan to re-evaluate his life. He reinvigorated his career on reality TV programmes I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.
Eventually Jason re-found his love of performing with leading roles in Sweeney Todd, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Rocky Horror Show and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, The Sound of Music, and Annie Get Your Gun. He also toured the UK in the highly acclaimed play The King’s Speech.
Now aged 49 ½ and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, Donovan’s autobiographical show takes the singer's looming 50th birthday as its starting point and zigzags back and forth through a life in which becoming a heart-throb at 18 and falling from grace at 27 plays only a tiny part.
Jason added: “My dad always said to me, the secret to a long and happy life is not to take it all too seriously. I’ve been on the edge, pushed my life to the extreme and come back from it which has actually made me strongerand made me realise what I DON’T want to do with my life. I think perhaps the key to a good life is keeping a balance both physically and mentally and the realisation that success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success.”
07 / 10 - Newark Palace Theatre
08 / 10 - Birmingham Town Hall
09 / 10 - Bury St Edmunds The Apex
11 / 10 - Stockport The Plaza
12 / 10 - Durham Gala Theatre
17 / 10 - Horsham The Capitol
18 / 10 - Shanklin Shanklin Theatre
19 / 10 - Harpenden Public Halls
20 / 10 - Redhill Harlequin Theatre
21 / 10 - East Grinstead Chequer Mead Theatre
23 / 10 - Harlow Playhouse
24 / 10 - Lancaster Grand Theatre
25 / 10 - New Brighton Floral Pavilion
26 / 10 - Wakefield Theatre Royal
27 / 10 - Winchester Theatre Royal
30 / 10 - Telford Oakengates Theatre
31 / 10 - Swindon Wyvern Theatre
01 / 11 - Milton Keynes The Stables
02 / 11 - Harrogate Harrogate Theatre
03 / 11 - Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
06 / 11 - Buxton Opera House
07 / 11 - Wimborne Tivoli Theatre
08 / 11 - Weston Super Mare The Playhouse
09 / 11 - Porthcawl Grand Pavilion
14 / 11 - Gateshead The Sage
15 / 11 - Livingston Howden Park Centre
16 / 11 - Stirling The Albert Hall
20 / 11 - Epsom The Playhouse
23 / 11 - Margate -Theatre Royal
27 / 11 - Exeter Corn Exchange
28 / 11 - Taunton Brewhouse Theatre
29 / 11 - Camberley Camberley Theatre
01 / 12 - Lowestoft Marina Theatre