Elaine Cassidy, Janet Mcteer and Dominic West star in an original audio adaptation of The Love Letters of Les Liasions Dangereuses
A brand new audio adaptation delving into Choderlos de Laclos’ infamous novel of seduction, intrigue and revenge, Les Liaisons Dangereuses – starring the cast of the current sold-out London theatre production at the Donmar Warehouse, including Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair) – is available to download for free at audible.co.uk/Donmar from 28th January.
In partnership with the Donmar Warehouse’s highly acclaimed theatre production – adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton and directed by Josie Rourke – Audible UK are offering a free exclusive audio recording of extracted letters featured within the original book.
Providing intimate insight into the relationships between the characters, this new audiobook complements both the stage production and its live broadcast in cinemas on Thursday 28th January in partnership with National Theatre Live.
Dominic West (who plays Le Vicomte de Valmont) says, “It’s a story that has stood the test of time – I think that’s partially because it’s highly erotic, and that doesn’t age, but it’s also surprisingly modern in the way it portrays women. It’s a feminist play; a battle of the sexes where they are equally matched. Or if anything, the female is the deadlier of the two! There is a great dramatic irony to Valmont as a character because he’s actually desperate to find love – he tells Tourvel he’s fallen in love with her under the guise of seducing her, when in reality it’s the truth.”
Steve Carsey, Director of Original Content at Audible UK, says, “Letters are such a personal form of communication, and reading them out loud is almost like whispering sweet nothings into the audience’s ear. Never has this been more true than with Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The characters are so intertwined with lies and lust. It’s such an infamous narrative – and this stage production is such a fantastic homage to the original book – that we were keen to offer an extended and deeper experience. We hope that anchoring the play with this unique audio recording of the original book’s letters will really give the audience something extra to get their teeth into.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses audiobook was directed and edited for audio by Zoé Ford and produced by Mariele Runacre Temple for Audible UK.