David Tennant has mastered a range of genres, including sci-fi (cough, cough, obviously), thriller, drama, family, superhero, comedy — and according to playwright and director Patrick Marber, we’re about to see him like we’ve never seen him before… did your interest level just skyrocket? Yes, ours, too!
Tennant isn’t new to the stage, having gotten his start in theater, tackling Shakespeare in productions like Richard II and a modern-day reinvention of Hamlet, opposite Sir Patrick Stewart, but he will be taking on a new character in the title role of Marber’s Don Juan, an adaptation of Molière‘s 17th century tragicomedy of the same name.
The original story is set in Sicily, Italy, following Don Juan Tenorio, a seducer of women and evader of the law and religion. But, his actions catch up with him. Marber’s stage production will take place in today’s London, England.
According to BBC News, Marber’s play has been described as a “savagely funny and filthy” update of Moliere’s writing. Considering the original was shut down after one performance, that’s saying a lot, but, of course, we have to remember that was quite a while ago, and times have changed.
Even so, Tennant’s character sounds like quite the troublemaker. Marber describes his Don Juan, saying, “The man is an amoral hedonist, and is wicked. You love to hate him, and hate to love him, he’s a real anti-hero.”
He goes on to discuss the casting, “It’s a part we haven’t seen David play before, really.”
Marber put on this play in 2006, starring Rhys Ifans as Don Juan. He’s ready to bring it back to the stage, saying, “I think it’s going to be very funny and very rude. It’s really exciting to see my play again.”
The production is set for London’s West End, kicking off in March.
If you’re now itching to see Tennant on stage, here’s a clip of him and Stewart in the BBC production of Hamlet:
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