11TH DECEMBER 2015 - 13TH FEBRUARY 2016
Design by Tom Scutt
"[The] design reinforces the point that the play is about the terminal exhaustion of a decadent regime...the set, with its hollow pictureframes and distressed walls, suggests suave elegance on the verge of dissolution." - (On Tom Scutt's design) Michael Billington, The Guardian.
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.
For LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES' thirty-year revival, Josie Rourke has drawn together a stellar cast. Janet McTeer will play Marquise de Merteuil, Dominic West will play Vicmote de Valmont and Elaine Cassisy will play Madame de Tourvel.
"I don't think I have a particularly radical take on it, because it's simply a great play... I'm figuring it out. You have to get the chemistry right, and with Janet and Dominic as the rivalrous, sexually charged pair I'm 80% of the way there, because they're so brilliant." - Josie Rourke, Artistic Director
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others' hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES will run at the Donmar Warehouse from 11th December 2015 until 13th February 2016. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
The play will be broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live (NTL) on 28th January 2016. For more information click here, to view information on participating venues.
The Guardian: 4 stars ****
"Janet McTeer is a marvel"
The Stage: 4 stars ****
"A sumptuously dressed, imaginative anniversary production of Christopher Hampton's award-winning play."
The Telegraph: 4 stars ****
"heady and intoxicating"
Photo by Johan Persson
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