He'd been out for a while. I saw him in a production of Rags that was up at the Bridewell Theatre at the time (oh, Bridewell, I loved you). Sally-Ann Triplett in the lead, Alicia Davies and Jon-Marc Hevey as the young couple. David was the husband. Amazing production that used the space well, but more importantly, I had so many feels for David's character because he made Nathan intensely sympathetic even as he tried to block all the progress we'd seen Rebecca make.
After that, he was in the Romeo and Juliet that crashed and burned and I was kinda glad it closed before I got back over there just because I didn't want the embarrassment of showing up at that stage door and having to tap dance my way around it being a terrible show. But it does mean I haven't seen him since 2001.
I tend not to go out of my way looking for people because in this business, there's so much potential for disappointment. Instead, I just scan cast lists of things I was already interested in or curious about and go "Hey, that's someone I like!" or "oh good, so-and-so is working!" That way I always get good news
What kind of literature and what kind of life is the same question. - Tom Stoppard