David plays Mario Minniti, former pupil of the artist Caravaggio, who is searching for his former mentor in Naples.
In Waiting for the Boatman, we travel to Naples in 1610 with the painter Mario Minniti as our guide. Minniti has recently received a desperate letter from his old mentor Caravaggio, urging him to come to his rescue. The great artist has been attacked and fears for his life, going into hiding. But now, with Minniti in Naples, he is nowhere to be found. As we continue the search, the story of Caravaggio’s fateful final days is revealed. Minniti tries to retrace the steps of his former master, but his search leads to uncompromising discoveries.
- Mario Minniti – David Tennant
- Piero – Anton Lesser
- Abraham Vinck – Peter Hamilton Dyer
- Cecco – Joe Dempsie
- Marchesa di Colonna – Tracy Wiles
- Guard – Harry Livingstone
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Read a BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra blog post on the writing of the play by Stephen Wakelam here