Political intrigue, affairs and fraud – it can only be the UK Parliament expenses scandal surely? In actual fact it refers to the current production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House by the Donmar Warehouse which features among its starring lineup Ninth Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston.
Eccleston is Kelman alongside Toby Stephens’ (Die Another Day) Thomas, Tara Fitzgerald’s (Brassed Off) Christine and Gillian Anderson’s (The X Files) Nora – and he’s playing a nasty piece of work it seems.
Television viewers will remember Mr Eccleston as the actor who preceded David Tennant as Doctor Who (jolly good he was, too). Here he creates a rangy, feral chancer who melts at the first sign of affection being shown to him.
The timing of the production could not have been more fortuitous, and performances have been garnering top reviews over the weeks since its opening night and the troubles at Westminster came to light.
If there’s one thing the British love it’s watching politicians drowning in a clinging wet tissue of lies deceit and corruption, something synergetically produced here.