The Libertine at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
The Libertine at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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Dominic Cooper starred as the decadently hedonistic Earl of Rochester in Stephen Jeffrey’s sexually-charged restoration drama The Libertine. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles), The Libertine offered a direct and incisive eye into the age of decadence and excess.

Set in 1670’s London, The Libertine follows the true story of the insatiably raunchy John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester. A charmingly charismatic poet and playwright, Wilmot is the ultimate debauchee, leading a life of love, lust and pure luck as he glides through life. When he makes a chance encounter with an alluring actress at the Playhouse Theatre, Wilmot is caught entirely off-guard and begins to rethink his lifestyle. A rollicking romp through the restoration period, The Libertine is brimming with wild wit that is sure to entertain audiences.

First performed on a tour and at the Royal Court, the role of the Earl was made famous in the 2004 film adaptation starring Johnny Depp. Dominic Cooper became the loveable rogue in his first West End appearance since 2009, where he played opposite Dame Helen Mirren in the National Theatre’s Phèdre. His career began in the National Theatre’s The History Boys and Mother Clap’s Molly House and has since gone on to appear in several films including The History Boys, The Duchess, My Week with Marilyn, Mamma Mia! and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Ophelia Lovibond co-starred alongside Cooper as Elizabeth Barry. Many fans will recognise her from the 2014 Hollywood blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy and her role in the BBC satire W1A. Lovibond has also recently appeared on stage in The Effect by Lucy Prebble at Sheffield Crucible. Mark Hadfield also joins the cast as Etheridge, having recently appeared in Mrs Henderson Presents, Richard III and The Painkiller.

Revived by multiple award-winning Johnson, who is best-known for directing La Cage Aux Folles, The Graduate, Entertaining Mr Sloane and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Libertine was an alluring, mysterious and wildly entertaining play. After a tour beginning at the Theatre Royal Bath, the show transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in September 2016.

Recommended for

Fans of the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp will love The Libertine’s transformation to the stage. Those who enjoyed Shakespeare in Love and Nell Gwynn will enjoy this drama of the same period.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for 15+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15 minute interval
Opened: 22 Sep 2016
Press night: 27 Sep 2016
Booking from: 30 Nov 2016
Booking until: 03 Dec 2016

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

47 Reviews Add review

The Libertine was really enjoyable but I would say that if you already knew the gist of the story it would be very beneficial to your... More

Hassellta 155cm, 28 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Bit of a bland show. The prologue was very strong which made me very enthusiastic, but eventually the character/storyline development... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 158 reviews, 33 helpful votes

The Libertine was very average. Although there were some funny moments, it cannot exactly be described as hilarious and despite the... More

shaun 5"10, 146 reviews, 4 helpful votes

At almost 20 yrs old he really enjoyed the show, understood the nuances and knew enough history to place the story. He raved about... More

Hassellta 155cm, 28 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Disappointing. Nowhere near as raucous or flamboyant as it could have been! Good performances from Mark Hadfield and Will Barton, but... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 6 helpful votes

I just found this show 'ok'. Dominic Cooper was impressive as the Earl of Rochester and I loved the opening of the second act, however... More

joc78 5"4, 365 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I am exceedingly upset that I waited as long as I did to see this show...simply because by the time I finally saw it, I couldn't find... More

alisoncohn 5"2, 38 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was good, though I did have trouble keeping up with the script as it was fast paced at the start. The first half was good... More

simonerogers 5'2, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Upon leaving The Libertine I couldn't help but ask, 'what the hell was all that about'? With a non-existing plot and characters that... More

nats1602 5"11, 43 reviews, 6 helpful votes