Jason Donovan is moving into theatre producing and has teamed up with Mark Goucher to launch a new tour of musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Donovan starred in the show when it played in the West End and went on to appear in two UK tours.
Joining him and Goucher as producers are Gavin Kalin and Matthew Gale. It will be directed by Paul Kerryson, former artistic director of Curve in Leicester.
The tour kicks off in 2019, opening at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on September 5. It then plays at venues including the Alhambra in Bradford and the New Wimbledon Theatre. The tour concludes at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, on November 30.
Donovan said: “Having spent years performing and always harbouring the desire to become more involved in the creative process, I am delighted to be joining Mark Goucher as producer on this wonderful show.”
He added: “Priscilla is perfect vehicle to venture into the world of producing and bringing all my experience on the show seems the logical next step. Priscilla is such a wonderful Australian story about diversity. It is a modern musical with a great heart.”
The show has choreography by Tom Jackson-Greaves, with design by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound by Ben Harrison.