Further cast join Dominic Cooper in The Libertine
Further casting has been announced to join Dominic Cooper in a new production of The Libertine which runs at the Haymarket Theatre Royal from 22 September to 3 December 2016, following a summer season at Bath Theatre Royal.
Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the production will be directed by Terry Johnson, with Dominic Cooper playing the lead role of the Earl of Rochester. He will be joined by Ophelia Lovibond(Elizabeth Barry), Jasper Britton (King Charles II), Mark Hadfield (Etherege), Will Barton (Alcock), Cornelius Booth(Harris / Huysmans / Constable), Will Merrick (Billy Downs),Richard Teverson (Sackville).
"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. Set in 1670s London."
Dominic Cooper is an English actor, with several London stage credits, including 'The History Boys' at the National Theatre in 2005/6. He starred alongside Helen Mirren in 'Phedre', also at the National, in 2009. Film credits include 'The History Boys', 'The Duchess', 'My Week with Marilyn', 'Mamma Mia' and 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.
Ophelia Lovibond plays Kathryn 'Kitty' Winter in the CBS series 'Elementary' and Izzy Gould in BBC comedy 'W1A'. Film roles include Carina in 'Guardians of the Galaxy', and Marie in John Lennon biopic 'Nowhere Boy'. She made her professional debut in Lucy Prebble's 'The Effect' (Sheffield Theatres).
The Libertine was first performed on tour and at the Royal Court Theatre alongside the Restoration comedy, The Man of Mode. 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.
It will be produced in the West End by TRH Productions, Lee Dean and Theatre Royal Bath Productions.