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Aujourd'hui 6 novembre, à 14h, heure brinnitanique (15h heure française) David à répondu pendant 40 minutes à de nombres questions parmis les encore plus nombreuses questions que ses admirateurs ont pu envoyer depuis deux jours sur le site du Gardian. 
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06 November 2013 2:00pm
Hello, everyone. Thanks for questions, just reading through, will join you in a moment

05 November 2013 1:34pm
Richard II: all well and good. But isn't Bolingbroke really the hero of the play: why not choose that character? And if not..why Richard II? Surely the world wants your Richard III? It's the ultimate bad guy piece and more fun than Richard II, surely?? Keep up the good work: your prolific efforts are an inspiration. Say 'hi' to lovely Georgia from me.

06 November 2013 2:02pm
Hello ID9108892

What's great about this play is that there is no definitive hero or villain. Shakespeare refuses to take sides, and that's why it works so timelessly. Certainly Richard is not immediately empathetic, but then unpleasant characters are more fun to play.

06 November 2013 10:25am
Most of my actor friends who took stage names in their early twenties really regret their choices now (they either went for slightly porn star names or named themselves after a favourite pop star who they're now rather embarrassed by).

Do you regret naming yourself after Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys? If you could choose a new stage name now, what would it be?

06 November 2013 2:04pm
Hi there

I am now actually Tennant -- have been for a few years, it was an issue with the Screen Actors' Guild in the US, who wouldn't let me keep my stage name unless it was my legal name. Faced with the prospect of working under 2 different names on either side of the globe, I had to take the plunge and rename myself! So although I always liked the name, I'm now more intimately associated with it than I had ever imagined. Thank you, Neil Tennant.

05 November 2013 8:42pm
Hello David,

Saw you in Hamlet at Stratford and Much Ado in London - loved your performances and can't wait until Richard II. Do you still wear red undies when performing ?

06 November 2013 2:05pm


It's a lovely question, but I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about ... I don't believe I've ever owned a pair of red undies, let alone worn any. Thanks, though!

06 November 2013 12:17pm

Who are your favorite contemporary and classic playwrights and what about their work distinguishes them, in your opinion?

Your entire body of work in all media is impressive, and you never fail to meet and surpass all expectations as to the quality of your performances.

Your career has encompassed such a diverse span of challenging classic and contemporary roles. I greatly applaud you for your theatrical courage and dedication to your art.

I thank you for your answer and earnestly hope to make it to the UK in the future to attend a live performance of yours. Best wishes for your continued success in all you endeavor.

Laura Ann

06 November 2013 2:08pm
Hello, Laura Ann

Obviously I love a bit of Shakespeare ... I'm also a big fan of the modern American classics, Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Martin McDonagh is touched with extraordinariness. David Hare can be brilliant. I thought Lucy Prebble's The Effect was fantastic. So many.

05 November 2013 6:19pm
hello David,

I'd love to know if there is any particular ritual you follow before you go on stage. For example listen to a certain song?

bonus question: you've recently stated you'd love to see more political drama on telly. Apart from that, what do you enjoy watching on TV at the moment?

Thank you!

06 November 2013 2:09pm
Rituals -- my pre-show album on this production has turned out to be David Bowie's Next Day, and the closest I come to superstition is that I have to play that every night before I go on.

05 November 2013 4:10pm
When Richard II is filmed, will your performance vary in any way from one of the regular performances in consideration of the cameras, or will you do absolutely nothing different and count on the camera operators to get what they need?

06 November 2013 2:11pm
It's a good question, and I'm not entirely sure. I think the idea is we do exactly what we do every night and we ignore the cameras, and they send it out into the world. I've never done it before; it's exciting and a little bit scary ...

Adam Lloyd
05 November 2013 5:49pm
Hi David,
Big fan of your work! And wish you luck (I don't say 'break a leg' never been superstitious!) with the rest of the season.

My question is:

I read that your first Profesional job after drama school was 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui' and that you didn't get a great review. Over the years do you read your reviews? And still get affected by them? Or do you just not read them and carry on with the work.

Thanks, all the best

Adam, Devon, UK

06 November 2013 2:13pm
Hi Adam

The bad review to which you refer was actually for a German expressionist piece about the Round Table called Merlin. It was the first extensive review I'd ever had, and it was absolutely appalling. Not that it's scarred into my memory in any way whatsoever. I try not to read them, these days. Reviews aren't really for the people who are performing, and -- good or bad -- they don't help. You always get a sense if something you're in has been well-received or not, that's unavoidable. But beyond that, details are best avoided ...

Anita C
05 November 2013 5:23pm
Hi David! How are you?

I had the opportunity to watch the public understudy performance of Richard II last week with my university, Warwick. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and Oliver Rix made an excellent king!

It got me thinking about the process of understudying in theatre: What is your relationship like with your understudy? What is your involvement with the understudy production?

Good luck with the rest of your run at Stratford, and for the London one too!

Best Regards,


P.S. I'm hoping I can use your reply to my questions in a podcast I'm creating for the Student Journals about this understudy performance, RSC's Titus Andronicus, and NT's Frankenstein Oh, and I can't wait for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode!

06 November 2013 2:15pm
You're right, Oliver Rix did make / could make an excellent king. It's one of the great strengths of a company like the RSC that an actor as good as Olly is also an understudy. I saw the understudy run too and felt inappropriately proud of the company, both our own company of actors and the RSC itself.

06 November 2013 2:15pm
DAVID......What is your guilty pleasure?? Everyone has one! Do not ignore it!! Haha love you! Mr. Green

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:16pm
Guilty pleasure? GTA5

06 November 2013 2:13pm
Loving the long hair, do you use herbal essences?

Really looking forward to the 50th and would love to meet you at the celebration event if you came. Please?


Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:17pm
Other hair products are available.

Valeria Collins
05 November 2013 1:09pm
Hello David

Did you watch Ben Whishaw's Richard II in preparation for your own or did you make a deliberate decision not to do so? Many thanks.

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:19pm
I did, and I shouldn't have. Ben is one of those actors who seems to come from a different universe; he has something utterly magical about him. And it took all of the rehearsal process to banish the memory of the performance. I think in the end I've ended up doing something quite different to him, but I am nonetheless a huge fan. And he is annoyingly nice man as well.

05 November 2013 1:05pm
Hi David! I just want to say that you are absolutely brilliant in The Escape Artist, and I look forward to watch Richard II on DVD!

My question is, you did an interview in 2003 when you said that you would love to play Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet and Richard II. And 10 years later, you did them all! Is there any other role you would really love to play?

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:20pm
I know -- ticked all the boxes! I still have a few boxes unticked, however. Angelo in Measure for Measure. Iago in Othello. Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Three'll do ...

Shane Korte
06 November 2013 12:35am
You've played serious (or at least mostly serious) Shakespeare roles. Would you ever play the Fool? It seems something you might enjoy, with the wordplay and sass. Secondly, what is your favorite Shakespearean monologue?

Thirdly, if you're ever in Minnesota... look me up at Gustavus Adolphus College

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:22pm
My favourite Shakespearean monologue is probably Berowne's speech about love in Love's Labour's Lost. That speech is why I wanted to play the part, and I still love it. I read it a close friend's wedding; it's always been very special to me.

05 November 2013 6:03pm
Hi David.
I can't Come to see the play but I'm hopping That Richard II Will be released on dvd very soon. Is it likely to happen? If it is the case Will it be available In the European countries?
I'm asking because I've been following your acting career Since you were In doctor who And I follow all you work.I think that your acting in all the different roles you play is really very good.
I wish you good luck for the other performances of Richard II.
Greetings from France.

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:26pm
Not sure to be honest. Sorry!

05 November 2013 1:24pm
Hello David,

Would you ever consider branching out from acting into other areas of TV/film/theatre such as directing or writing?

And which of your Doctor Who companions was your favourite to work with?

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:28pm
I've long fancied a go at theatre directing, but having just finished working with Greg Doran on this play, I feel woefully underqualified! Perhaps one day. And I've got a great idea for a production of Midsummer Night's Dream, but it's going to have to wait for now ...

Cassie Marvin
05 November 2013 1:36pm
Hello David!

I have a couple of questions for you if you don't mind
1) about Doctor Who, (and yes I'm asking about Doctor Who) how was it for you to play a role you've admired since you were younger?
2) If a random fan came up to you and asked to ruffle your hair, would you let them?

Thanks! I love your work!

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:29pm
If anyone came up to me and ruffled my hair? I think I'd call the police.

06 November 2013 10:00am
Having seen Richard II last night there are many questions I would like to ask but I will confine myself to one.

When preparing for the play how did you arrive at the precise accent and delivery you used. At the beginning of the play you use a very 'posh' English accent with quite a mannered delivery ( not a criticism, it was entirely appropriate for the rather effete king). Did you arrive at this during the rehearsal process or did you decide on this delivery during your own preparations for the role.

Also I noticed that during the course if the play the accent became less pronounced and the mannered speech disappeared, how much was this a conscious decision or something that just happens as the pressure on Richard (and yourself) increases.

I thought the play was superb with brilliant performances from all the cast but especially from you. Your performance, especially in the deposition scene, was stunning. Thank you.

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:33pm
It's an interesting observation. I think you're probably right that the accent does degenerate along with Richard. That wasn't particularly conscious, but I don't think that makes it any less appropriate.

06 November 2013 8:50am
Hi David

Performing barefoot on stage seems to have become a recurring theme, is it a conscious decision you make when developing a character or do you, like Tim Minchin, just find it more comfortable to perform sans shoes?

Best Wishes


Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:34pm
Always happy to be mentioned in the same sentences as Tim Minchin. I did the barefoot thing in Hamlet and now in Richard II for different reasons each time, although perhaps it does indicate something about a character's vulnerability. Either that or I'm very short on ideas.

Guardian contributor
06 November 2013 2:35pm
Got to go now I'm afraid -- thanks lots for loads of questions, sorry I couldn't answer them all.

See you at the cinema broadcast!


Et un complément d'info ici
(Malheureusement je n'ai pas eu la chance de voir David répondre à ma question XD... C'est très compréhensible quand on voit les centaines de questions déposées depuis hier.... et ça fait vraiment plaisir!) 


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Comme 1 merci ne fait jamais de mal, je te fais de nouveau tous mes remerciements pour ces liens.
J'avais été déçue de ne pas pouvoir le suivre en direct.

Et my, je n'en fini pas de sourire bêtement à la question: N'avez vous jamais regrettez le choix de votre nom d'acteur et sa réponse : J'ai toujours aimé le nom, j'y suis maintenant plus intimement lié que je ne l'aurais jamais imaginé.
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