David is an actor who appeared in classical and modern plays all over the country and abroad, after training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
David has appeared extensively in Shakespeare, from early appearances in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Twelfth Night to Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Polonius in Hamlet and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (All at the Wolsey, Ipswich, 1992, 1994, 1997), as well as parts in numerous recordings of the Shakespeare canon for the BBC (Hamlet, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Merchant of Venice, All’s Well That Ends Well)
David has worked extensively in BBC Radio Drama since winning the BBC Student Prize in 1971 (now known as the Carleton Hobbs Award). He has made over a thousand broadcasts, including title-roles in Nicholas Nickleby and Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. He has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company five times.
In 1997, he was asked to direct Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale for NAXOS. Since then, David has been working regularly for NAXOS AUDIO-BOOKS, recording many poetry and prose compilations. He has recorded the complete Sherlock Holmes stories for NAXOS AUDIO-BOOKS; his reading of A Study in Scarlet won the Spoken Word Publishers Association Audio-Book of the Year Award in 2002, as well as twice receiving the Golden Earphone Award in Audiofile Magazine (USA) for his Holmes readings.
David has directed 4 of the successful series of Shakespeare’s plays recorded by NAXOS in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, Twelfth Night, Othello, Henry V, Richard III. In 2001, he won the Spoken Word Publishers Association Award for Best Original Production: The History of Theatre, which he wrote; and Best Drama Production: Richard III (with Kenneth Branagh) which he directed.
In 2006 he read unabridged Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens for NAXOS.
In 2005 David directed his first production for BBC Radio 3 Bequest to the Nation with Kenneth Branagh as Nelson. Since then he has directed The Rivals Fuente Ovejuna(2006), An Ideal Husband (2007) Cyrano de Bergerac.(2008) The Deep Blue Sea (2009) Arms and the Man (2010) Goethe’s Faust (2010) The Marriage of Figaro (2010).
Among other audiobooks he has read Barchester Towers for PENGUIN and Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, Death in the Clouds, Evil under the Sun and At Bertram’s Hotel for CHORION. In 2006 he recorded The Meaning of Night for STRATHMORE, which won a Golden Earphones Award in America. Rhunemarks by Joanne Harris for Random House (2007) and The Prestige (Orion) (2008).
Since 2003 David has been a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
David can be heard as Father/Richard Sucksmith in Devon Girl