David Tennant will return to the West End stage early next year, playing the licentious title role in Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho.
The play is a funny, filthy modern update of Moliere’s 17th-century tragicomedy Don Juan, tracing the final adventures in the dissolute life of an unrepentant rake, who is ultimately punished for his immorality.
Marber will direct the production, which begins previews March 17 at Wyndham’s Theatre. The strictly limited 11-week engagement has set its official opening for March 28.
Tennant’s extensive stage experience in the U.K. includes several productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, among them As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost and the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II. The latter production traveled to New York earlier this year, marking the actor’s U.S. stage debut.
The popularity of Tennant’s eccentric turn in the iconic title role of Doctor Who has made him a massive draw at British theaters. His last West End appearance was in a 2011 staging of Much Ado About Nothing, starring opposite Catherine Tate.
Tennant recently finished filming the third season of Broadchurch and will next be seen on big screens playing Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Liang in Mad to Be Normal.
Don Juan in Soho was first produced at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006, with Rhys Ifans in the title role. Further casting on the new production is to be announced.