February 3, 2013


In 1985, David co-wrote and starred as Fletcher Christian in the West End musical Mutiny!, based on the novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The score produced two more hit singles, including “Tahiti,” his tenth Top 10 success.

Having appeared in successful musicals and written hit songs, it seemed a logical step to actually write a musical. Looking round for subject matter, my manager Derek suggested the mutiny that happened on HMS Bounty. The show was a great adventure with the wonderful Frank Finlay as Captain Bligh, me as Fletcher Christian plus an enormous boat which traversed and caroused on hydraulics almost killing the cast every night! But we survived and “Mutiny” ran for a year and a half at the Piccadilly Theatre.