- Character: DJ
- Writer: Patrick Marber
- Director: Patrick Marber
- Theatre: Wyndham’s Theatre
- Run Time: 2 hours 5 minutes plus interval
- Play Run: March 17th to June 10th 2017
- Press Night – 28th March
- Set and Costume Design: Anne Fleischle
- Sound and Music: Adam Cork
- Producer: Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon
- Production Company: Playful Productions in association with Sonia Friedman Productions
Don Juan in Soho is loosely based on Molière’s tragicomedy ‘Don Juan’. The modern update transports the action to contemporary London and follows the final adventures of its debauched protagonist – a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure. The play is also described as savagely funny and filthy.
“Please don’t be charmed, he’s not a lovable rogue…”
Marber’s Don Juan in Soho first premiered to great acclaim in 2006 at the Donmar Warehouse. It is described as savagely funny and filthy.
Not suitable for persons under 16 years of age.
Excerpts from Q&A: DAVID TENNANT
by Rachel Jessop for officiallondontheatre.co.uk – March 7th 2017
What is Don Juan In Soho all about?
It’s very loosely based on Molière’s play, in an adaptation by the very brilliant Patrick Marber, who’s brought it very much up to date and set it in Soho, in heart of London Theatreland. It’s a couple of days in the life of a very free-spirited chap, to put it politely… how can you describe him? He’s a libertarian, I suppose. I’d say maybe sociopathic. He exists for pleasure, his own pleasure and not really for anything else. He’s promiscuous on an almost psychotic level. He’s tearing his way through the ladies of London – and occasionally the gentlemen – in whatever way he possibly can, leaving carnage in his wake.
You’re joined on stage by an incredible cast, including Adrian Scarborough and Gawn Grainger. How has it been working with them?
It’s been great fun. The majority of my stuff is with Adrian, who I first worked with 20 years ago, and he’s just one of those people that, if you’re on stage with him, your shoulders go down, you know you’re safe. He’s one of those people that are so brilliant to play with, and he’s so accomplished. He’s so funny and clever and inventive, and has a little bit of a twinkle all the time. I can’t think of anyone more I would more like to spend all those hours with on stage. But throughout the entire cast there’s some brilliant people. Gawn Grainger is also a very twinkly gentlemen – he’s got so much experience, and bring such a weight and brilliance to what he does. And there’s a lot of people who people may not know necessarily, a lot of fresh new young actors, many of whom I suspect we’ll see a great deal more of.
Patrick Marber is directing this production. How is it having the playwright directing you?
Well, it’s very quick if you want the script tweaked! I’ve known Patrick for years but I’ve never worked in a rehearsal room with him before and I didn’t quite know what that would be like, but he’s very relaxed, he’s very in control. I don’t think every author necessarily should direct their own work, I think those are two skill sets that don’t always go hand in hand, but with Patrick they sit very comfortably side by side. It’s been a very happy, very creative experience so far.