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The Libertine

Citizens Theatre

“Ladies, an announcement: I am up for it, all the time”. You may not like the Second Earl of Rochester. But you will not be able to take your eyes off him.

London in the 1670s - Charles II is on the throne, Nell Gwynn is in his bed, and the theatre and sexual promiscuity are flourishing.

‘The Libertine’ by Stephen Jeffreys is the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester - a hedonistic poet, playwright and rake whose appetite for women and wine has made him a notorious figure.  He is a man who does not feel alive unless he exceeds every limit. He’s not easy to like, much less to love. Yet this most charismatic of sinners is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter at the Playhouse sends him reeling.

With all the wit, flair and bawdiness of a Restoration Comedy, this brilliant play is both historical romp and incisive critique of an age of excess. Made famous through the film of the same name starring Johnny Depp and John Malkovich, this is the first major stage production in the UK since its London premiere.

A corset-ripping 16+ only!

The Libertine will tour to Bristol Old Vic for 6 performances from 28 - 31 May. More information


An Afternoon with The Libertine
17 May 12.15pm | £10 plus ticket to the show

Stephen Jeffreys’ historical romp about an age of excess


  • 3 May 2014 to 24 May 2014
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    • 3 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 6 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 7 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 8 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 9 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 10 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 13 May 2014 @ 7.30PM + Post Show Talk
    • 14 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 15 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 16 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 17 May 2014 @ 2.30PM
    • 17 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 20 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 21 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 22 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 23 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
    • 24 May 2014 @ 2.30PM
    • 24 May 2014 @ 7.30PM

Main Theatre

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50p-£19.50 (concessions available)
Preview £8 | Tuesdays £12
50p tickets on sale Sat 26 April
£2 online transaction fee applies
See Pricing for all prices, concessions and offers inc. Season Pass

Previews 3 & 6 May
Audio Described 10 May
Signed 15 May (BSL Interpreters - Yvonne Strain / Catherine King)
Captioned 24 May, 2.30pm
Post Show Talk 13 May

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative Team >

Charlie Archer - Billy Downs
Andy Clark - Sackville/Harris
Tony Cownie - Etherege/Huysmans
John Hodgkinson - Charles II
Martin Hutson - Rochester
Lucianne McEvoy - Elizabeth Malet
Lee Mengo - Tom Alcock
Barbara Rafferty - Mrs. Will Ufton / Molly Luscombe
Gillian Saker - Elizabeth Barry
Elexi Walker - Jane

Written by Stephen Jeffreys
Directed by Dominic Hill
Designed by Tom Piper
Lighting Design by Lizzie Powell
Composer Hilary Brooks
Movement Director Kally Lloyd-Jones
Assistant Director Danielle McIlven
Fight Director EmmaClaire Brightlyn
Design Associate Emma Bailey
Sound Design Guy Coletta
Casting Director Camilla Evans CDG


Charlie Friel

14th April 2014

One of the best shows I have seen. I do hope it will be put on again in the future.

kim clugston

14th April 2014

I thought this production was utterly amazing! well done to all the actors, you were just brilliant! It so took me back to being a teenager and listening to John Peel every evening. I had Ivors records and books and he was a big influence on me way back then. This was funny and sentimental to me all at the same time. Thank you Vanishing point for making my weekend so special! grin)

Claire Lowney

4th April 2014

Thanks for getting in touch and expressing your interest in the project. The best way to get involved is to fill out an online registration form. You should be able to see the links to the right just underneath the image.

Rebecca Heggarty

4th April 2014

I have a HND in acting and performance and i would love this opportunity to represent the citz theatre and meet some great people.


31st March 2014

Wish I hadn't bothered to change from monday to sunday. Short, unprepared, disappointing show.

Citizens Theatre

31st March 2014

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot provide up-to-date availability for classes via these comments, you must contact the Box Office directly on 0141 429 0022.

Sarah Patterson

31st March 2014

The show was not good at all - quite boring in parts. Just as well it didn't last too long - about an hour and a half - including a 20 minute break! Definitely would not recommend.

Claire Lowney

27th March 2014

Hi Graeme Your name can be put on a waiting list by contacting our box office team on 0141 429 0022. Please be aware, though, that the list is already quite long!

Graeme watson

26th March 2014

I'm very keen to come & see ruby wax. Is there a list I could put my name on for my possible returned tickets? My mobile number is 07739706779. Cheers Graeme

Patricia Preston

14th March 2014

Congratulations to the crew and cast for the play 'Refugee Boy' for a job well done on Wednesday. I enjoyed the energy and movements throughout and so did my friends that were with me. Please pass on my best wishes to all involved and give them my thanks. Once again the 'Citizens' have excelled themselves on a play well done. I have recommended it to others who are sure to come along and see this show.


13th March 2014

Totally loved the March Boombox. Great to see some brilliant Hip Hop and spoken word in such an intimate space...and lots of new faces. Good work. Looking forward to seeing what's next.


11th March 2014

Hi Lynsey, The car park is open from 10am until the last event of the day in the building is over, so you will be able to use the car park when attending Nightschool. We can't guarantee that there will always be spaces, and the car park can become busy on performance days. However, if you are attending levels 2 or 4, there are rarely performances on Mondays.


10th March 2014

Hi, I wondered are you able to park in the citizens theatre car park on class nights? Obviously I would always try to be on time but I will be coming from the west end leaving at 5.30 so I may be a few minutes late traffic dependant, would that be a problem? Thanks

margaret mckenna

10th March 2014

unfortunately missed this show when will they be performing their show again. heard it was fab thank you

Robert Mclafferty

10th March 2014

One of the best shows we have seen at the citizens,everyone of the glasgow had great singing voices ,and could dance as well,my wife and I are pensioners we had our granddaughter with us ,and friends we all enjoyed it. Thanks Glasgow Girls for a great night .

Robert McLafferty

9th March 2014

One of the best nights we have had for a long time ,their were 4 of us in the citizens tonight ,and we all would go and see it again tomorrow if it was on,FANTASTIC, we had our granddaughter with us and she loved it , best of luck to the glasgow girls.

Anne-Marie MacGregor

8th March 2014

Fantastic matinee performance!


7th March 2014

it is a really good play

David Wallace

5th March 2014

A massive thanks to the cast and crew for a wonderfully evocative, vibrant and inspiring production. I was moved, I was angry and I was thoroughly entertained...we owe a debt to the Glasgow Girls ..and we owe a debt to the theatre, production team and cast for a stupendous performance of a story that needs to be told.


26th February 2014

Hi Hannah, Nightschool is open to all adults, and we have many dedicated members in their 40s and 50s, so you would be most welcome!

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Writer Stephen Jeffreys on the first day of rehearsals for The Libertine talks about how it all started with a trip to the dentist.


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