December 11, 2012

The 1992/93 panto season at the Dundee Rep saw David playing Arthur for the second time that year.  The first time was in the play Merlin by Tankerd Dorst, translated by Ella Wildridge at the Edinburgh Royal Lyceum.

The panto was called Merlin and the Magnificent and the Adventures of Arthur written by Stuart Paterson, the author of Shinda the Magic Ape, the panto he was in the previous year.

The stage was decorated with a large circle filled with the signs of the zodiac and the scenery included the woods, a castle and a cave.

The play was directed by Sir David McVicar, knighted in 2012 for his service to opera, he graduated from the RSAMD in 1989.  Russell Hunter, who passed away in 2004, starred as Merlin, he was in the Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death with Tom Baker.

David was even mentioned by name in the review from The Herald - Mary Brennan - December 21, 1992

"...And heart-warmingly sincere acting from David Tennant as Arthur"