Former Doctor and Hamlet actor, David Tennant has been elected onto the board of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a post he will hold for three years.
Tennant, who last appeared as the Doctor in 2010’s The End of Time: Part Two, starred as the title role in Hamlet to sell-out audiences in 2008 – with a TV adaptation produced for the BBC – but his association with the literary genius extends back a lot further.
He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996, when he played court jester and “natural fool,” Touchstone in As You Like It, and Jack Lane in Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed, a play written specifically for the RSC. He has since performed in The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and the lead role in Romeo and Juliet.
Of course, his Doctor also met the man himself in The Shakespeare Code (2007), in which the playwright created Love’s Labour’s Won, the fabled ‘lost’ script.
He joins a board of 15 non-salaried members including founding member of the Coventry Cathedral Development Trust, David Burbidge; Chairman of Waterstone’s, Miranda Curtis; and Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, who produced the version of Hamlet in which Tennant starred.
Last year, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s earnings at the box-office doubled to more than £50 million.