First look at Dominic Cooper playing the debauched 17th Century Earl of Rochester in The Libertine.
Cooper returns to the stage in Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged Restoration piece which runs at the Theatre Royal Bath prior to a West End run later this month.
The cast also includes 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 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. It later transferred to Chicago’s Steppenwolf starring John Malkovich and directed by Terry Johnson before Johnny Depp took the title role in the 2004 film adaptation.
The Libertine runs from 22 September 2016 until 3 December 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.