You can’t keep a good Doctor down, even when he’s got a bad back and his successor has been named.
That’s right – David Tennant looks good to go for a return to Hamlet, at least for a few days until he returns to the TARDIS for the shooting of the Tenth Doctor’s final adventures.
David returned to the RSC last night as Hamlet, while everyone’s back was turned in many ways, and seems to have come through it OK.
As such understudy Edward Bennett returns to his original role as Laertes, and he and Tennant are joined by Tom Davey, Ricky Champ and Robert Curtis as Guildenstern, Lucianus, and Francisco.
The performance ends its run at the Novello Theatre on January 10th, at which point David is expected to head back to Wales to begin work on Doctor Who. If he isn’t moving house that day.
Incidentally, if you want to see David Tennant in Hamlet, the RSC are assessing his fitness on a day by day basis, and recommend that you check their website www.rsc.org.uk from 12 Noon each day to get anupdate for that evening’s performance. (Alternatively you can ring RSC Box Office on 0844 800 1114 or the Novello Theatre Box Office on 0844 482 5135.)