Don Juan in Soho

We bought tickets because we are David Tennant fans. ( Dr Who, Broadchurch, Jessica Jones etc). We really did not pay much attention to the play, beyond guessing it might have something to do with the opera Don Giovanni, or the play Don Juan. It did, but in a very up to the moment version.

The play began with the crashing music from the opera, a ghostly dance number that became a rock number.  It was the Don Juan story, but a new and fantastic version.

David Tennant owns the show. He is a charming, seductive sociopath. His brilliant performance allows you to love him and loathe him, to hate him and to feel sorry for him.

Tennant’s performance is strongly supported by Adrian Scarborough as Stan, his chauffeur, secretary and enabler. Stan disapproves of the behaviour, but loves the man.

The play is very funny. It also revealed how much the audience, and one assumes, the author and avtors dislike Donald Trump, as there are several very pointed anti Trump jokes, all of which received applause as well as laughs.

The other cast members were very good, but their roles are so small in comparison to the two leads that it is hard to get a real sense of the actors.

In summary, it was a great evening at the theatre!

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Don Juan in Soho

  1. keithhpotter says:

    The othee actors were generally fine, but this is really a two-hander. David Tennant gets the flashy role as DJ, and he makes the production, but Adrian Scarborough was essential, and excellent, as Stan.
    I don’t know if the rant against hypocrisy was in the original Moliere version, but it felt like a bit of a sop to the audience to make us feel better about laughing with a hedonistic psychopath.
    There were lots of funny lines, and physical business, to make the show very enjoyable – but the two stars are what made it work.

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