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David Tennant Is Returning to the West End to Play a Modern-day Don Juan

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You know what they say: You can take the man out of the timey-wimey stuff, but you can’t take the timey-wimey stuff out of the man. The Guardian is reporting that David Tennant will be returning to his thespian roots to play a modern-day Don Juan (timey-wimey indeed!) in the West End stage production Don Juan in Soho next spring. The Patrick Marber–penned play is described as a darkly comedic and “contemporary take on the classic Molière comedy,” which finds the leading lothario as a popular DJ who wreaks havoc in London’s trendy Soho district with an enabling sidekick named Stan. It previously had a short but critically well-received West End run back in 2006, with Rhys Ifans in the leading role; more recently, Tennant finished wrapping his tenure as Richard II earlier this year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Allons-y back to Albion, then!

David Tennant Is Returning to West End Theater