David Tennant

David Tennant to return to West End in play Good at Playhouse Theatre

Will Longman
Will Longman

David Tennant is set to star in a new production of CP Taylor's play Good at the Playhouse Theatre this autumn, which will launch Dominic Cooke and Kate Horton's new production company.

Taylor's play follows a literary professor John Halder in Germany in the 1930s, and demonstrates how seemingly good men were able to change at the hands of the Nazi regime. It has been described as the definitive piece written about the Holocaust in the English-speaking theatre.

Tennant will star in the play as John Hadler in what is his first West End appearance since Patrick Marber's production of Don Juan in Soho at Wyndham's Theatre. He will star alongside Fenella Woolgar and Elliot Levey.

Good will run at the Playhouse Theatre for a limited run from 6th October to 19th December, with an official opening night on 14th October.

Good will be directed by Dominic Cooke, who is launching a new production company called Fictionhouse with executive director Kate Horton, who ran the Royal Court together. The new production company will produce theatre, TV and film projects in the UK and internationally.

Speaking about returning to the West End, Tennant said: "Dominic is one of the UK's all-time great theatre directors. I am really inspired and delighted to finally get a chance to work with him, and especially on a wonderful play like CP Taylor's Good - a fantastic bit of writing that is more pertinent and resonant now than it has ever been."

The creative team of the play includes designer Vicki Mortimer, lighting designer Paule Constable, sound designer Paul Arditti and musical director Nigel Lilley.

On launching Fictionhouse with Good starring David Tennant, Dominic Cooke added: "I have known David Tennant since he was a student and have wanted to work with him ever since. He is one of our finest actors and has the ideal combination of wit, warmth and charisma to bring John Halder vividly to life.

"I can't wait to start work with him and the amazing Elliot Levey and Fenella Woolgar on this dazzling play. CP Taylor's modern classic about the perils of moral compromise is an apposite fable for our troubled times and it feels like an exciting first project for Fictionhouse."

Horton added: "Dominic, David, Fenella, Elliot and the entire Good creative team are the best people I could imagine coming together to realise C.P. Taylor's extraordinary, vital play. Good encompasses all we hope for with our work at Fictionhouse - brilliant and absorbing writing that illuminates our world, made by our greatest actors, directors and designers."

Good will run at the Playhouse Theatre from 6th October.

Good tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 12th February.

Photo credit: vagueonthehow (flickr)

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