The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
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The Libertine starring Dominic Cooper at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Dominic Cooper returns to the stage to play the debauched 17th Century rake the Earl of Rochester in this major revival of The Libertine, directed by Terry Johnson.
Stephen Jeffreys’ play, later made into a film, tells the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester – a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess.
Full of flair and wit, this brilliant play is both a wild period piece and an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.
The Libertine runs from 22 September 2016 until 3 December 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester is a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. Yet this most ardent of hedonists is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter with an actress at the Playhouse sends him reeling. With flair and wit, this wild romp through 1670s London offers an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.
Dominic Cooper stars as the Earl of Rochester alongside Jasper Britton as King Charles II, Mark Hadfield as Etherege and Ophelia Lovibond as Elizabeth Barry.
Completing the cast are Alice Bailey Johnson as Elizabeth Malet, Will Barton as Alcock, Cornelius Booth as Harris / Huysmans / Constable, Will Merrick as Billy Downs, Lizzie Roper as Ufton/Luscombe/Big Dolly/Madam, Richard Teverson as Sackville and Nina Toussaint-White as Jane with Emily Byrt, Jonathan Hansler, Joseph Macnab, James Marchant and Lydia Piechowiak.
The Libertine will be directed by the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson.
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Guardian