Good

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street, London

Public Previews: 21 April 2021
Opens: 27 April 2021
Closes: 17 July 2021

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Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
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Good

A major revival of C P Taylor's 1981 play Good in London starring David Tennant

Set in the 1930's, as Hitler and his Party were approaching the height of their power, Good is a devastating exploration of one man's unwitting and mesmerising descent into the heart of the society that created the nightmare of Nazi Germany.

The cast features David Tennant as 'John Halder', Fenella Woolgar as 'Helen', and Elliot Levey as 'Maurice'.

Directed by Dominic Cooke, with designs by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Paul Arditti.

Note: This production was originally scheduled to play at the Playhouse Theatre - with previews from 6 October 2020, opening on 14 October 2020, and closing on 19 December 2020 - but was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. It was then schedule to run at the Harold Pinter Theatre - with previews from 21 April 2021, opening on 27 April 2021, and closing on 17 July 2021 - but was again delayed due to the COVID-19 situation. It is hoped that this revival, with the same cast, will be presented sometime during 2022.

David Tennant's London theatre credits include the title role in Patrick Marber's revival of his play Don Juan In Soho at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2017; 'Benedick' in Josie Rourke's revival of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with Catherine Tate at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2011; the title role in Gregory Doran's revival of William Shakespeare's Hamlet with Patrick Stewart at the Novello Theatre in 2008; 'Katurian' in John Crowley's production of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in 2003; 'Jeff' Mark Brokaw's West End Premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's play Lobby Hero at the Donmar Warehouse and Ambassadors Theatre in 2002; 'Romeo' in Michael Boyd's revival of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for the RSC at the Barbican Theatre in 2001; and 'Nicholas Beckett' in Phyllida Lloyd's revival of Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 1995.

Fenella Woolgar's London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Young Margaret Thatcher' in Indhu Rubasingham's production of Moira Buffini's Handbagged at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2014; 'Thea Elvsted' in Anna Mackmin's revival of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic Theatre in 2012; and 'Charlotte' in Anna Mackmin's revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at the Old Vic Theatre in 2010.

Elliot Levey's London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'William Cecil, Lord Burleigh' in Robert Icke's revival of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2018; 'Peter Cauchon, the Bishop of Beauvais' in Josie Rourke's revival of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan at the Donmar Warehouse in 2016; 'Dr Paul Herder' in Jamie Lloyd's revival of Peter Barnes' The Ruling Class at the Trafalgar Studios in 2015; and 'Don John' in Josie Rourke's revival of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2011.

Good in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre public previews from 21 April 2021, opens 27 April 2021, and closes on 17 July 2021


1981/1982 Original West End London Production with Alan Howard

1999 London Revival with Charles Dance


1981/1982 Original West End London Production with Alan Howard

Previewed 2 September 1981, Opened 9 September 1981, Closed 27 October 1981 (in repertory) at the Donmar Warehouse
Previewed 20 April 1982, Opened 22 April 1982, Closed 7 August 1982 at the Aldwych Theatre

A major production of C P Taylor's Good in London starring Alan Howard

Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The cast at London's Donmar Warehouse and the West End's Aldwych Theatre featured Alan Howard as 'John Halder', Domini Blythe as 'Helen', Felicity Dean as 'Anne', Barbara Kinghorn as 'Mother', Joe Melia as 'Maurice', and Pip Miller as 'Freddie', with Penelope Beaumont as 'Elizabeth/'Sister' (Donmar), Gay Soper as 'Elizabeth'/'Sister' (Aldwych), Chris Hunter as 'Bok'/'Hitler' (Donmar), David Howey as 'Bok'/'Hitler' (Aldwych), Timothy Walker as 'Despatch Rider'/'Doctor' (Donmar), Benedict Blythe as 'Despatch Rider'/'Doctor' (Aldwych), and Nicholas Woodeson as 'Bouller'/'Eichmann'.

Musicians at the Donmar Warehouse: Nigel Hess, Alastair McLachlan, Victor Slaymark, Roderick Tearle, and George Weigand.

Musicians at the Aldwych Theatre: Alan Andrews, Roger Hellyer, Alastair McLachlan, Colin Rae, and George Weigand.

Directed by Howard Davies, with designs by Ultz, lighting by Michael Calf, music arranged by George Fenton, and sound by John A Leonard.


1999 London Revival with Charles Dance

Previewed 18 March 1999, Opened 23 March 1999, Closed 22 May 1999 at the Donmar Warehouse

A major revival of C P Taylor's Good in London starring Charles Dance

The cast featured Charles Dance as 'John Halder', Jessica Turner as 'Helen', Emilia Fox as 'Anne', Faith Brook as 'Mother', Ian Gelder as 'Maurice', Benedict Taylor as 'Freddie'/'Hoss', Cymon Allen as 'Clerk'/'Bok', Eva Marie Bryer as 'Elizabeth/'Sister', John Ramm as 'Hitler'/'Eichmann', and Peter Moreton as 'Bouller'/'Doctor'. (No musicians).

Directed by Michael Grandage, with designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Hartley T A Kemp, and sound by John A Leonard.

"C. P. Taylor's hypnotic 1981 play, superbly revived in the Covent Garden venue where it was first seen with Alan Howard playing the fictional good man, John Holder. Charles Dance's upright Holder - massive, erect, more blinkered than blinking - is less anguished a portrait than Howard's, and therefore all the more chilling. Holder... Holder's best friend is a Jew (an impassioned Ian Gelder) who asks for his help to leave the country. Dance trips lightly around this request without refusing it. So do we all duck and weave, the playwright suggests, when confronted with apparently simple moral choices and decisions. The show's theatricality, beautifully realised in Michael Grandage's production, stems from Halder's affliction of hearing imaginary bands and music everywhere." The Daily Mail

"Charles Dance is eerily convincing as the vacillating professor and family man whose constant yea-saying to the Nazis pushes him further up the chain of command. The economy will pick up, he tells himself, and then they'll lay off the Jews. He junks his slob of a wife for a student - and since she's played with glowing radiance by rising star Emilia Fox who can blame him? Ian Gelder as his Jewish friend (who can't stand other Jews) is also superb... All the Holocaust needed was enough good citizens to shrug and go with the flow. We knew that. It's the musical comedy that papers over the mediocre bits with the macabre. Not as much fun as the movie Springtime For Hitler, but Good ain't bad." The Daily Express

"In this second-rate production the play's basic failure is glaringly exposed... The dramatist's suggestion that Halder's drift into the practical organisation of mass extermination occurs without seriously disturbing his equanimity seems entirely unpersuasive... As he leaves his inadequate wife for a young student admirer, shouts at his demented mother and abandons his Jewish friend to his fate, Charles Dance totally fails to create the spell of complicity with the audience that can make the play so unsettling... Michael Grandage's cold and empty production doesn't help. It's all stripped-down minimalism, with a modishly stark, grey-slate design by Christopher Oram and an alarming absence of either chills or passion... Jessica Turner is touching as Halder's wife, Ian Gelder's Maurice supplies some much-needed moments of raw emotion as the Nazi threat intensifies, and, as the girlfriend, Emilia Fox's sense of personal goodness amid the evil is more persuasive than Dance's." The Daily Telegraph

Good at the Donmar Warehouse previewed from 18 March 1999, opened on 23 March 1999, and closed on 22 May 1999