Why See The Libertine?
Ladies, an announcement: I am up for it, all the time
Dominic Cooper returns to the West End this year as the John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester, the rakish Restoration era aristo with an appetite for women and wine that would make Bacchus weep. Ostentatiously based on his real exploits, Stephen Jeffreys' The Libertine is as much an examination of the excesses of the age as the man himself.
A favorite of Charles II, Rochester pushed the boundaries of society with his fondness for drink, sexual proclivity and satire. Whilst Charles lead his court in their hedonism, the good life was to eventually claim the Earl, but not before a damn good fight.
Cooper, who made his London stage debut as the swaggering Daikin in the now iconic original History Boys line-up (National Theatre) and has more recently been conquering Hollywood, is likely to prove a perfect Libertine for this century, saying of the part: "I like Wilmot's outlook on life. He decided that the country had been through enough repression, so he was going to have a good time." With direction from Tony and Olivier winner Terry Johnson, we're sure this brand new production is going to prove a rollicking good time for Cooper and audiences alike!
After the dreary years of Cromwell's republic, Charles II is back on the throne and all of society is concentrating on one thing; having fun. For some it's booze, others women (or men) and yet for more it's just the thrill of living the high life. For John Wilmot it's all that and more. Dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, he has made a name as London's Merriest man. But then he finds himself in the path of Elizabeth Barry, a failing actress. In love and all aflutter, he begins to reconsider his lifestyle. Will Barry's influence calm this proud sexual anarchist? Or will the call of self-destruction prove too loud?
Previews from: 22 September 2016
Opening night: 27 September 2016
Suitable for ages 15+ - contains scenes of a sexual nature
To be confirmed by producers
Cast and Creative
Dominic Cooper as John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
More cast TBA
Written by Stephen Jeffreys
Directed by Terry Johnson
What we thought
Fine restorationg ROMP
Regardless of the infamous prologue battle cry of 'You will not like me', it is difficult not to fall for Cooper's caddish Wilmot
Our two reviewers both took something different from this ribald comedy.Read full review
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