New images have been released today (16th August) of the cast and creative team for The Libertine starring Dominic Cooper. 

Jasper Britton, Dominic Cooper and Richard Teverson in rehearsals for The Libertine. Credit Alastair Muir.jpg.jpg
Jasper Britton, Dominic Cooper and Richard Teverson. Credit: Alastair Muir. 

Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged masterpiece will appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from the 31st August until the 17th September, before heading to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 22nd September until the 3rd December.

Director Terry Johnson in rehearsals for The Libertine. Credit Alastair Muir.jpg.jpg
Director Terry Johnson in rehearsals for The Libertine. Credit: Alastair Muir. 

This production will see Dominic Cooper take to the stage to play the debauched 17th century rake the Earl of Rochester. He will be appearing alongside Jasper Britton as King Charles II, Mark Hadfield as Etherege and Ophelia Lovibond as Elizabeth Barry. Further cast include 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.

Jonathan Hansler, Nina Toussaint-White, James Marchant, Lydia Piechowiak in rehearsals for The Libertine. Credit Alastair Muir.jpg.jpg
Jonathan Hansler, Nina Toussaint-White, James Marchant, Lydia Piechowiak. Photo credit: Alastair Muir. 

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.

The Libertine was first performed on tour and at the Royal Court Theatre alongside the Restoration comedy The Man of Mode, which presented a more contemporary view of Rochester. It then 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 Haymarket from the 22nd September until the 3rd December. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk

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