Published on May 11th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
Much Ado About Tennant and Tate
Those were some of the heartbreaking last words uttered by Donna just before the Tenth Doctor had to wipe her mind to save her life in 2008’s Journey’s End. But some real life journey’s don’t have that sad an ending and the proof is in the pudding as it’s been unveiled that David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be working together again on a new stage production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
The duo has never been without each other for long, appearing together in 2009’s Christmas special of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and other endeavours as David confirmed:
“We’ve not stopped doing stuff together since then. I did a bit on Catherine’s Christmas show, and we stood in for Jonathan Ross [on Radio 2] a few times.”
Whilst the Doctor and Donna were firm friends in Doctor Who (and nothing else) the pair will be trying a different approach to their relationship as they play the lovers Benedick and Beatrice in this new production.
Tennant also revealed the very simple process that led him to realise the Catherine was perfect for the role of Beatrice:
“The thinking was “I’d like to do a play; I’d like to do Much Ado About Nothing; and it just so happens that the perfect Beatrice in my head is Catherine”. That’s as involved as my thought process was.”
This is Tate’s first step into the role of professional Shakespearian acting whereas Tennant is an old hand at it but we’re sure that the two will be absolutely fantastic on stage together, letting their natural chemistry shine.
You can read the full interview with Tennant and Tate in the Telegraph; Much Ado About Nothing previews at Wyndham’s Theatre from May 16. To obtain tickets call 0844 482 5120.