The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

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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.

STORY

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.

CAST

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.

CREATIVE

The Libertine will be directed by the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson.

REVIEWS

★★★★ – The Times
★★★★ – The Guardian


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 3 December 2016

Important Notes

Age Restrictions: Suitable for 15+ Important Info: Contains language and scenes of sexual nature




Venue Information

Theatre Royal Haymarket, 8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly), Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 40, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176
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Ophelia Lovibond joins Dominic Cooper in The Libertine

Further casting has been announced for the upcoming production of The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Ophelia Lovibond, Jasper Britton, Mark Hadfield, Will Barton, Cornelius Booth, Will Merrick and Richard Teverson will be joining the previously announced Dominic Cooper.

Lovibond is known for her role in CBS series Elementary, as well as BBC series W1A, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist and film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Britton most recently starred in Richard II, The Jew of Malta and as the title role in Henry IV Part I and II for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Barbican and in New York.

Mark Hadfield’s theatre credits including Richard III (Almedia), The Painkiller (Garrick Theatre), Mrs Henderson Presents (Bath) Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre) and Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s Theatre). Barton recently starred in Toast alongside Matthew Kelly as part of Brits Off Broadway Season in New York.

Booth’s theatre credits include The Machine (Donmar), Land of our Fathers (UK Tour / Soho Theatre and Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK Tour). Will Merrick is known for playing Alo in Channel 4 series Skins. His theatre credits include Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC) and The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange Theatre).

Richard Teverson’s theatre credits include Private Lives (ATG Tour), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic), After the Dance (National Theatre) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre). He is also known for his television work as Dr Ryder in Downton Abbey (ITV), Jamaica Inn (BBC), The Bletchley Circle (ITV) and Spies of Warsaw (BBC).

Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, Stephen Jeffreys’ play tells the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester – a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess.

The Libertine runs from 22 September 2016 until 3 December 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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Dominic Cooper to star in The Libertine

Dominic Cooper will star in The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Dominic Cooper returns to the stage later this year to play debauched 17th Century rake the Earl of Rochester in The Libertine.

Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the sexually charged masterpiece will be directed by the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson.

Cooper who is the star of the forthcoming AMC series Preacher has notable stage credits, particularly at the National including The History Boys, Mother Clap’s Molly House and more recently in Phedre alongside Helen Mirren. Cooper’s numerous film credits include The History Boys, The Duchess, My Week with Marilyn, Mamma Mia and Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Libertine is based on John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. With flair and wit, this wild romp through 1670s London offers an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.

The Libertine was first performed on tour and at the Royal Court Theatre alongside the Restoration comedy, The Man of Mode, which presented another, contemporary view of Rochester.

The Libertine plays from 22 September 2016 until 3 December 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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