David Tennant returns to the West End stage to play the lead role in Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho, a retelling of the Molière classic. The play is set to open at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End in spring 2017, with previews beginning on 17th March.
Don Juan in Soho is written and directed Patrick Marber, a British dramatist who has become a firm favourite of both stage and screen. Marber started his career in writing and performing TV and radio comedy before moving to writing plays and screenplays.
Marber’s first play, Dealer’s Choice premiered at the National Theatre in 1995 where it was received warmly be critics and won both the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writers' Guild Award for Best West End Play.
It was with the premiere of Marber’s second original play Closer in 1997 at the National Theatre that he firmly cemented his name in the history of London theatre. The play won both the 1997 Evening Standard Best Comedy Award and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, as well as the 1999 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign play following its Broadway transfer. In 2004, Marber also adapted his play for a hugely successful film of the same name, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen.
Don Juan in Soho was first premiered in 2006 in a version starring Rhy Ifans and directed by Michael Grandage, becoming much loved by fans and critics alike for its brilliant hilarity.
The play follows the lordly DJ, the priapic lothario who spends his days charming his way through modern Soho, while his sidekick Stan keeps track of all his sexual conquests, despite the entreaties of his wife and doddery father.
Don Juan in Soho marks the first return of David Tennant to the London stage since his triumphant performance in the lead role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II. David Tennant is one of the most celebrated actors of the century, having hugely popular roles in TV, film and theatre. After a huge range of work with the Dundee Repertory Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company throughout the 1990s, Tennant became a worldwide household name starring as the Doctor in the BBC’s revamped version of Doctor Who.
Tennant has received countless awards throughout his career, including an Olivier Award for Best Actor for Lobby Hero, and Evening Standard Theatre Award for his role in Hamlet. Most recently he has seen great success on stage in Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost. This will be the first time Tennant has appeared in a non-Shakespeare play since his role as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger over ten years ago.
He is joined by Gawn Grainger (The Entertainer & Gavin & Stacey) as Louis and Adrian Scarborough (King Lear) as Stan.
Having been created by one of the country’s leading dramatists, and having one of the biggest names of the stage in the lead role, Don Juan in Soho is set to be one of the most exciting plays of spring 2017. Don Juan in Soho will open at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London on 17th March 2017.
Anyone who is a fan of David Tennant should make sure to take the opportunity to see the great actor back on the London stage. With this marking his first non-Shakespearean performance in the West End since 2006, it is a fantastic chance to see Tennant’s broad range in Marber’s acclaimed comedy.