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The Libertine - production images released

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCTION images have been released for The Libertine, Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged Restoration piece, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from September 27 (previews from September 22) to December 3, 2016. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of the cast and creative team of The Libertine as they rehearse Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged Restoration piece. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Following dates at Bath Theatre Royal, The Libertine will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, where it runs from September 27 (previews from September 22) to December 3, 2016.

Written by Stephen Jeffreys, The Libertine 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, The Libertine is both a wild period piece and an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson (Mrs Henderson Presents, La Cage Aux Folles) directs a cast that includes Dominic Cooper (as the Earl of Rochester), Ophelia Lovibond (Elizabeth Barry) and Mark Hadfield (Etherege).

Dominic Cooper made his stage debut in 2001 in Mother Clap’s Molly House at the National Theatre, where he later played Will Parry in His Dark Materials. His many screen credits include The History Boys (as Dakin), Mamma Mia! (as Sky), The Duchess, Tamara Drewe, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Lady in the Van (film); Sense and Sensibility, Freefall, Fleming (as Ian Fleming), Preacher and Agent Carter (TV).

Ophelia Lovibond’s credits include the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy and the BBC satire W1A. She most recently appeared on stage in Lucy Prebble’s The Effect at Sheffield Crucible.

Mark Hadfield’s theatre work includes Richard III (Almedia Theatre), The Painkiller(Garrick Theatre) and Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre).

Joining them in the cast of The Libertine are Jasper Britton (Richard II and The Jew of Malta, RSC), Will Barton (Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Cornelius Booth (The Machine, Donmar Warehouse), Will Merrick (Wendy and Peter Pan, RSC) and Richard Teverson (The Winslow Boy, Old Vic), with further casting to be announced.

The Libertine includes strong language and scenes of a sexual nature and is therefore suitable for ages 15+.

Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How The Other Half Loves, continues at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until June 25. It will be followed – from June 30 to September 17, 2016 – by Richard Greenberg’s adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly.

To book tickets, call the box office on 020 7930 8800 or visit www.trh.co.uk/whats-on/haymarket/.