It has been announced that the actor will be taking to the stage to take on the role of the 17th century rake the Earl of Rochester in The Libertine.
The Libertine, directed by Terry Johnson will appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from the 31st August until the 17th September, before transferring to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 22nd September to the 3rd December.
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.
Full casting for this new production of Stephen Jeffreys’ masterpiece has yet to be announced.
Dominic Cooper’s previous stage credits include The History Boys at the National Theatre and more recently starred in Phedre with Helen Mirren. His numerous screen credits include roles in My Week With Marilyn, Mama Mia and The Duchess.
The Libertine was originally 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 will appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from the 31st August to the 17th September and London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 22nd September to the 3rd December. To book tickets visit: Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.