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“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
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
MAIN THEATREPreviews 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
Guide Dogs welcome
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
BSL interpretor for this video is Katrina Fisher
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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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Photos by Tim Morozzo
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