Terry Johnson’s production of The Libertine will arrive in London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 22nd September, following a run at the Theatre Royal Bath. 

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Ophelia Lovibond and Dominic Cooper. (c) Alastair Muir.

Starring Dominic Cooper as the Earl of Rochester, The Libertine is Stephen Jeffrey’s masterpiece about the 17th century rake and is brought to life again in Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson’s production.

The cast will also include Jasper Britton as King Charles II, Mark Hadfield as Etherege and Ophelia Lovibond as Elizabeth Barry. Also performing in the show will be Alice Bailey Johnson  as Elizabeth Malet, Will Bartonas 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.

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Alice Bailey Johnson in The Libertine. (c) Alastair Muir.

The production is currently enjoying a run at the Theatre Royal Bath, where it is playing until the 17th September.

It 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. The Libertine was transformed for cinema screens with Johnny Depp taking on the title role in 2004.

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The cast of The Libertine. (c) Alaistair 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.

As well as being directed by Terry Johnson, this production will feature designs by Tim Shortall, lighting designed by Ben Ormerod and sound design by John Leonard.

Lizzie Roper and Ophelia Lovibond in The Libertine. Credit Alastair Muir.jpg.jpg
Lizzie Roper and Ophelia Lovibond. (c) Alastair Muir.

The Libertine will play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 22nd September until the 3rd December. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Last Minute.com, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk

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