A STAR who made his name as a teen heart throb before going on to star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat has announced details of his new shows.

Jason Donovan will appear at the Gala in Durham on October 12 as part of his Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis UK tour.

The former Neighbours star brings his autobiographical show to the stage with an ‘in conversation' style appearance filled with stories and music spanning his career and questions from the audience.

The Aussie actor 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”.

Tickets for the tour are on sale from www.jasondonovan.com

His career began as an 80s teen star who commanded an audience of 22 million in ‘Neighbours’, dated Kylie and went on to score no fewer than 16 hit singles, sell over 30 million records worldwide and appear in a series of hit West End musicals.

Pigeon-holed as a teen heart throb and family entertainer, Donovan’s desire to shake-off his image ended in drug taking and lurid tabloid headlines.

He reinvigorated his career on reality TV programmes I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.

Eventually Jason returned to the stage 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 said: “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 stronger and 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".