Making its debut 10 years ago at the Donmar Warehouse, Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho returns to the London stage in a new production directed by the playwright himself. Originally directed by Michael Grandage and starring Rhys Ifans, this new production stars David Tennant in the role of Don Juan. Based on Molière’s Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue, Marber’s play sets Don Juan’s story in London’s contemporary Soho, feeding the lothario’s desire for debauchery with the delights of modern society and the obsession with five-minute fame. Patrick Marber recently enjoyed great success with his productions of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties at the Apollo Theatre and his adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre.
Loosely based on Molière’s tragicomedy Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue, Marber’s play focuses on DJ, the infamous lothario of London’s Soho. He’s smooth, he’s seductive, he’s inventive, he’s manipulative – no one is more dangerous to know than DJ. Constantly on the prowl for his next conquest, even his assistant Stan has difficulty keeping up with him, recording the phone numbers of all the women who have enjoyed DJ’s company. But such a hedonistic lifestyle always comes at a cost, and even though DJ’s story is one of great comedy, the inevitable outcome of his reckless behaviour plays out in this relevant look at London’s obsession with sensation, status and sex.
David Tennant returns to the West End for the first time in 6 years to play the title role. Known for his numerous appearances in Shakespeare productions including The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, he is perhaps most famous for being the tenth incarnation of Doctor Who in the successful BBC series of the same name.
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