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Dominic Cooper to star in The Libertine
Book now The Libertine tickets at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Dominic Cooper returns to the stage to play the notorious 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. 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...
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.
"You will not like me. No, I say you will not," taunts the Earl of Rochester at the opening of this riotously funny and intriguing comedy of sexual manners… based on the life of John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester (1647-80), poet and satirist. The Libertine presents Rochester as the ultimate, sensation-seeking product of a decadent era.
The Libertine tickets on sale at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 22 September to 3 December with opening night for press on 27 September. Tickets from £18
PLEASE NOTE: Under 16s not admitted.
Running time2 hours 40 minutes including interval. Monday – Saturday 7.30pm and Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Performance dates22nd September to 3rd December 2016
Contains scenes of sexual nature. Under 16s not admitted.
Lawrence Gordon4th December
They omitted the most important part--his address to Parliament to save King Charles. If he had a redeeming feature, that was it.
Marilyn Ballisat2nd December
Dominic Cooper was excellent and supporting cast were very good. The play itself was interesting and good but not riveting. The theatre itself is beautiful
Andrew Kelly27th November
Great cast and a funny script, a joy to watch.
Donna Wilde27th November
The acting was really good
We enjoyed the play very much, even though advertising lead us to believe it would be racier. Great story telling. We thought Dominic was wonderful, portrayed roll up there with his Mr Pitt in The Duchess. We will look out for his work again, and the beautiful Elizabeth Barry played perfectly.
Maria Odette Canivell25th November
There was something missing to the play. Dominick West is a good actor but I could really not feel much more than ennui for his character. I also had a lot of difficulty understanding Jane the prostitute, although i understand she was going for cockney, she needs to enunciate better
Terry Hammond25th November
Although this it not normally the type of production I would normally watch, I thougherly enjoyed it.
Jane Oulton24th November
Very disappointing script that rested too heavily for entertainment on swearing and crude lewdness which was a lazy way to portray libertine behaviour. Dialogue intended to illustrate the theatrical culture of the day, both scripts e.g. Dryden, and acting styles, were mumbled and poorly projected, and much of the female speech was indecipherable. Unbelievably boring, nearly walked out interval, but didn't in vain hope of improvement in second act.
Christina Clarke23rd November
As a few other reviews of this play, my friend and I thought it was well-acted but not the most engrossing play. Parts dragged, particularly in the first half, but then it seemed to rush to the end and finish quite abruptly. Those easily offended should probably avoid it as there was quite a lot of swearing and crudeness. However, there were very funny parts and the actors do their best with what they've got. Overall, we were glad we saw it, but also glad it was on a special offer.
Jane Whyatt19th November
The acting was good, and so were the sets and costumes. But the script was weak. The only flashes of wit came in the verbatim quotes from Rochester's own quill.
Marta Minska19th November
awesome play, great Dominic Cooper and very nice venue - perfect evening - I'd like to see it all again.
Rosalind Boxer18th November
Excellent acting and staging. Hated the play!!