Fresh from his Best Actor gong for Kafka: The Musical at this years inaugural BBC Audio Drama Awards David Tennant is set to star in Waiting for the Boatman – a BBC Radio Four drama by Stephen Wakelam about mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Italian painter Caravaggio as told through the eyes of his former apprentice and model Mario Minniti.
Caravaggio’s demise has been the subject of many wild theories since he drew his last breath some 400 years ago in Naples – conflicting reports place the painter of The Martyrdom of St Martin dying alone from Malaria on a Tuscan beach, cut down by the Knights of Malta or, less interestingly and more likely for such a hell raiser dying in a hospital bed.
The drama will follow Minniti, played by Tennant, as he searches for the great painter after he disappears following a violent street attack in Naples in 1610. As his former apprentice makes his way through the city, he is lead to some startling revelations and uncompromising truths.
Staring alongside Tennant are Anton Lesser (The Hour) as Piero, Peter Hamilton Dyer (Dalek fodder Embery from Remembrance of the Daleks) as Abraham Vinck, Joe Dempsie (Cline from The Doctor’s Daughter) as Cecco and Tracy Wiles (Ashes to Ashes) as Marchesa di Colonna.
Waiting for the Boatman is Produced and Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko and airs Friday 16th March at 14:15 on BBC Radio Four.