David Walliams to show his Bottom on the West End stage and meets up with HRH Prince Charles
David Walliams is finally returning to the theatre!
Starting off as a stage actor, the Britain’s Got Talent judge has obviously been more of a TV star for the last few years….aside from the Little Britain theatre show and a stint in Pinter’s “No-man’s Land” with Michael Gambon in 2008. However, now he will be back for a very special project.
Baz Bamigboye revealed today that the actor and comdedian will join award-winning director Michael Grandage, who has assembled a who’s who of British actors to launch the revolutionary first season of his new West End theatre company.
David, Simon Russell Beale, Judi Dench, Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, Sheridan Smith and Ben Whishaw will star in five plays (each running for 12 weeks) that Grandage will direct at the Noel Coward Theatre from December 1 — and which audiences can watch for as little as £10 a show.
Every performance of every production of The Michael Grandage Company will feature 200 seats for a tenner.
So for just £50, some lucky theatre goer will be able to watch Simon Russell Beale in Privates On Parade; Judi Dench in an extraordinary new work by John Logan (who wrote the hit play Red) about the real-life inspirations behind Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan; Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple Of Inishmaan; Sheridan Smith and David Walliams in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Jude Law as warrior king Henry V.
David tweeted about the project, teasing:
“So there you go… I will be offering my Bottom in the West End of London next year…”
Meanwhile David found himself in Royal company again last night, when he and Prince Charles opened London menswear week. David wore a bespoke three-piece suit by Tom Ford, but Prince Charles wasn’t similarly attired.
“I asked Charles what he wears. He said mostly Primark, but George at Asda too: he likes to mix it up.”
Still the prince didn’t seem impressed, as David revealed on his Twitter:
“Last night at a Men’s Fashion Reception Prince Charles asked me ‘what are you doing here?’! I said ‘Some people think I am well dressed…’
Obviously he did not!”
Watch David Walliams read from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in this clip from Baby Cow’s ‘From Bard to Verse’.