David Tennant on stage: Why you need to see Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre

By | Posted on 12-Feb-2020

David Tennant on stage: Why you need to see Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Tickets are on sale for Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starring David Tennant. Get ready for what’s being hailed as ‘a warning for our times’ in the West End, as historical events come to life on the London stage.

David Tennant in Good tickets

It’s inspired by real events

CP Taylor’s drama is based on the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany, centering around the moral decisions made by literary professor and all-around “good man” John Halder. In the early 1930s, he’s teaching in Frankfurt and is friends with a Jewish man named Maurice. But, as Nazi ideals sweep the nation, he questions his own ideologies and begins to change his entire lifestyle to fit with a new political movement.

Investigating the cause of Nazism, there’s plenty of historical moments mentioned in the play including book burnings at German universities and the Night of the Broken Glass. But, while its story details events over 75 years ago, CP Taylor’s Good continues to be a warning for modern times, with lessons and messages to take today.

David Tennant will play the lead role

David Tennant Good

Best known as the tenth incarnation of The Doctor for BBC’s Doctor Who, you’ll want to book Good tickets to see David Tennant on a West End stage. He’ll play John Halder in CP Taylor’s drama, last seen in the West End three years ago as the title role in Don Juan in Soho. With a glittering career that’s seen him in RSC productions, the Harry Potter film series and a special recognition award at the National Television Awards, get ready to see one of Britain’s finest actors at Good.

Fenella Woolgar and Elliot Levey will star alongside Tennant in Good as John Halder’s wife Helen and his friend Maurice respectively. Between them, they’ve starred in numerous West End productions, so you won’t want to miss their incredible performances in this West End revival.

The complete Good cast is to be announced, so you’ll want to keep checking back to see who’s also starring in the play.

Directed by Dominic Cooke

Having won an Olivier Award for his direction of a play, as well as a further two Olivier Award nominations and a theatre CV that lists the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre, the National Theatre’s revival of Follies, and a stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, he’s one of Britain’s leading theatre directors.

Serving as artistic director at the Royal Court from 2006 to 2013, he worked alongside his Fictionhouse partner Kate Horton on critically-acclaimed shows including Jerusalem, Enron and Clybourne Park, which all transferred to the West End. Currently, Cooke is an associate director at the National Theatre and directed the Olivier Award-winning revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring Sharon D. Clarke.

Speaking about directing Good, Dominic Cooke said: “CP Taylor’s modern classic about the perils of moral compromise is an apposite fable for our troubled times.”

See the first play by a new company

As well as direction by Dominic Cooke, Good is the first production to be staged by Fictionhouse, a brand new company that’s set to produce theatre, TV and film international. Fictionhouse is a company launched by Cooke and Kate Horton, who both worked together at the Royal Court as artistic director and executive director respectively.

On Fictionhouse, Kate Horton said: “Good encompasses all we hope for with our work at Fictionhouse – brilliant and absorbing writing that illuminates our world, made by our greatest actors, directors and designers.”

It rocked the boat when it was first performed and continues to

Good received its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 1981, with CP Taylor’s play seen on Broadway the following year. Critics praised the “stream-of-consciousness structure” that allowed audiences to understand the minds of those living in Nazi Germany and how people made decisions with a “particular moral obliviousness.”

Viggo Mortensen and fellow Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker have starred in a 2009 film adaptation, but you’ll want to see CP Taylor’s gripping, historical drama in the city where it was first performed with Good tickets.