David Tennant’s new West End purpose will uncover him in a new light, according to a play’s author and director.
The Broadchurch and Doctor Who star is going to be a “real anti-hero” in Don Juan in Soho, says Patrick Marber – a male behind Oscar-nominated film Closer.
It’s been described as a “savagely humorous and filthy” refurbish of Moliere’s 17th century tragicomedy Don Juan, with a movement holding place in modern-day London.
Marber says Tennant has been famous for personification “decent” people in new years, though all that will change when he takes on a pretension role.
‘Love to hate’
“It’s a good partial for him,” says Marber as rehearsals get underneath approach during Wyndham’s Theatre. “I consider it’s going to be unequivocally humorous and unequivocally rude. It’s unequivocally sparkling to see my play again.”
The play was initial staged in 2006, with Rhys Ifans personification Don Juan as a rake who’s hell-bent on pleasure, and couldn’t caring reduction about a consequences.
Of a new Don Juan, Marber – who’s also been an actor and comedian – says: “It’s a partial we haven’t seen David play before, really.
“The male is an depraved hedonist, and is wicked. You adore to hatred him, and hatred to adore him – he’s a genuine anti-hero.”
And, according to Marber, Tennant is humorous – very, unequivocally humorous indeed.
“He’s always a good comedian,” he says. “When we met him 20 years ago, he was a best light comedian I’d ever seen during a time. This is an event to give full rein to his comic skills.”
Asked utterly how bold Don Juan is going to be, Marber replies: “I consider it’s disobedient though nice. we don’t consider it’s shocking.”
It’s a bustling time for a playwright. He destined a just-opened West End send of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, that enjoyed a sell-out run during London’s Menier Chocolate Factory final year.
Fans can also see his chronicle of Hedda Gabler during a National Theatre, with Affair star Ruth Wilson giving what Marber describes as “one of a biggest performances” he has ever seen.
‘Increasingly relevant’ play
So how is he removing by this chaotic period?
“I’m removing as most nap as we presumably can and celebration a lot of coffee,” he says.
Travesties stars Rev’s Tom Hollander as Henry Carr, a male recalling his memories as a diplomat vital in Zurich in 1917, and a people he met there – including James Joyce and Lenin.
“I consider it sole out on a dual Toms names – Hollander and Stoppard. It’s a unequivocally good multiple of people,” pronounced Marber.
“It’s not been on in London given a early 1990s so we consider there’s some oddity there too.”
He described it as a “very humorous play” that is “about concept things like love, sex, art and politics”.
It is generally applicable in 2017, he added.
“At a time it’s set, in Europe 1917 – accurately 100 years ago – a universe is during war. It talks to that anxiety, that feeling that a universe is unfortunate and troubled. And it feels increasingly relevant, a play.
“I consider that in uneasy times, people wish to be entertained, and it’s a unequivocally interesting dusk during a theatre. It wears a politics lightly.
“It speaks to a essence and intellect, a heart and a head.”
Travesties is during a Apollo Theatre until 29 April. Don Juan in Soho is during Wyndham’s Theatre from 17 March.