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The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
The Libertine
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Our Review 3 / 5

Dominic Cooper returns to the stage to play the notorious Earl of Rochester in this major revival of The Libertine, directed by Terry Johnson.

Full of flair and wit, this brilliant play is both a wild period piece and an incisive critique of life in an age of excess. The production will premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath before transferring to the West End for a strictly limited season.

The Libertine was first performed on tour and at the Royal Court Theatre alongside the Restoration comedy, The Man of Mode, which presented another, contemporary view of Rochester. It 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.



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.

Previews from |
22nd September 2016
Opening date |
27th September 2016
Booking from |
3rd December 2016
Available until |
3rd December 2016
Closes |
3rd December 2016
Categories |
Suitable for ages 16 + 
Stephen Jeffreys
TRH Productions, Lee Dean and Theatre Royal Bath Productions
Terry Johnson
Cast list:
Dominic Cooper (Earl of Rochester), Jasper Britton (King Charles II), Mark Hadfield (Etherege) and Ophelia Lovibond (Elizabeth Barry). Further cast include Alice Bailey Johnson, Will Barton, Cornelius Booth, Will Merrick, Lizzie Roper, Richard Teverson, Nina Toussaint-White, Emily Byrt, Jonathan Hansler, Joseph Macnab, James Marchant and Lydia Piechowiak.

Theatre Royal Haymarket Venue Information

Theatre Royal Haymarket, 8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

Customer reviews

Our Review of The Libertine


Having recently housed a dismal stage version of Breakfast at Tiffany's, best known for the 1961 film based on Truman Capote's story, and previously been the home to a stage version of When Harry Met Sally, the grand old Theatre Royal Haymarket could be turning into a staging post for titles that have played at the Cineworld opposite. But although The Libertine, its new tenant that the theatre is co-producing with Bath Theatre Royal, is itself best known for a 2004 film that starred... Read more

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