The infamous, amoral hedonist in a society entranced by sensation.
Inspired by Molière’s farcical, tragic, anarchic Don Juan (1665), Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho transports the action to contemporary London and follows the debauched protagonist’s final adventures.
Don Juan in Soho premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in December 2006. This edition of the text incorporates revisions made for the play’s revival at Wyndham’s Theatre, London, in 2017, directed by the author.
About the Author
Patrick Marber was born in 1964. He began his career as a stand-up comedian and writer in 1986. He co-wrote and appeared in a number of radio and television programmes including The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You. In 1995 his first play, Dealer’s Choice, premiered at the National Theatre in a production he also directed. Since then he has written plays and screenplays including After Miss Julie, Closer, Howard Katz, Don Juan in Soho, Notes on a Scandal and Love You More. He lives in London with his wife and their three children.
"In Patrick Marber's terrific new free adaptation, the play proves savagely funny, disturbingly dark and disgracefully Sexy." - Daily Telegraph
"One of the foremost dramatic chroniclers of modern British life. Line by line, this is the best written of all Marber's plays. You want to hang around its phrases (how often does that happen in the theatre?): hardly a minute passes without a satirical swipe, a gutsy joke." - Observer
"Startlingly funny update of Moliere's portrait of a rake's progress to Hell. Marber is, line for line, as scintillating a wordsmith as you can find." - Variety
"Marber's trenchant take on the epic erotomane is brazen with briliance and goes for broke." - Independent