What makes a good man? John Halder seems to be one – he’s a decent, hardworking professor with a stable career and family. He’s also about to support Hitler’s Nazi regime as it tears through Europe.
Casting a devastating eye over the normal men and women who propped up a fascist regime in the 1930s, Good challenges us to question whether being good is more important than being right.
David Tennant stars as John Halder, making a return to the West End for his first role since Don Juan in Soho. Best known as The Doctor in BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, his career spans blockbuster films and Shakespeare, including the RSC's Hamlet and Richard II.
Further casting includes Fenella Woolgar (Bright Young Things; Call The Midwife) as Helen and Elliot Levey (Kiln Theatre: Snowflake; West End: Mary Stuart) as Maurice.
Good is directed by former Royal Court Artistic Director Dominic Cooke, who most recently directed the Olivier Award nominated revival of Follies at the National Theatre in 2019. This new revival of CP Taylor's play marks the debut production from Cooke’s theatre and film company, Fictionhouse.
Set design is by Vicki Mortimer (National Theatre: Follies), lighting by Paul Constable (War Horse), sound by Paul Arditti (The Inheritance in the West End and Broadway), and musical direction by Nigel Lilley (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Delving into the psychological seduction that drew so many German citizens into supporting the unthinkable, Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre is a resonant and incisive play. Catch it in the West End from 21 April 2021.
Running time: TBC
Age recommendation: TBC
Special notice: Good dives deeply into questions of morality which are perfect for anyone who likes to be challenged at the theatre. With David Tennant leading as a conflicted and questionable every-man, this is set to be a powerful, must-see production.
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