OUT OF ORDER
A Farce by Ray Cooney
Donkeys’ Years, but it’s his first foray onstage.
After training as an actor at RADA, he spent several seasons in repertory theatre: at Crewe, Coventry, Leatherhead, Guildford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Hornchurch & Birmingham. His many West End appearances include Confrontation at the Roundhouse, Baggage at the Vaudeville Theatre, and five farces for Ray Cooney: Italian Straw Hat and Out of Order, (Shaftesbury Theatre) It Runs in the Family and Funny Money (Playhouse Theatre) and Tom Dick & Harry (Duke of York’s).
His many television appearances include Z Cars, Ripping Yarns, The Glittering Prizes, Second City Firsts, Shelley, The Prince of Denmark, The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin, Yes Minister, The Two of Us, Dear John, Only Fools & Horses, London’s Burning, On the Up, In Sickness & in Health, The Bill, Keeping Up Appearances, Rory Bremner, East Enders, Peak Practice, Reach For the Moon & All About Me. Dr Who fans tell him that he’s only one of 18 actors to have appeared in both the classic 70s series (with Tom Baker) and the new one (with David Tennant). He also spent 2 fabulous years in New Zealand performing in several series & dramas for TVNZ and South Pacific Pictures.
As a director David has over 60 productions to his credit, both in the UK (for the Webber-Douglas Academy, the Guildford Conservatoire, the Mill Theatre at Sonning, Jill Freud’s Southwold summer theatre, and the commercial & touring sector) and overseas (the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey, and the British Theatre Playhouse in Singapore). Favourite productions include Chorus of Disapproval, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, The Long & the Short & the Tall, Alfie, Billy Liar, Outside Edge, and of course Donkeys’ Years, here in Vienna. His production of Private Lives for BTP/Singapore toured to Kuala Lumpur, Penang & Bangkok, and was nominated as Best Production in Singapore in 2006.
Most recently David appeared in The Mousetrap at the St Martin’s Theatre (the 54th year of the world’s longest-running play), and a national tour of Dad’s Army (playing Sgt Wilson); he is looking forward to reprising that role next spring in a second tour.
However his most important credits, he feels, are his children Hannah & Jack.