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The Libertine tickets

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.

Performance dates: 30 Nov 2016 - 03 Dec 2016

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15 minute interval

Age recommendation: Suitable for 15+

Special notice: 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.

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SeatPlan Recommends: The mid-front of the Stalls offer the best overall views of the stage, as well as seats found in the Dress Circle.

Latest audience reviews

I really enjoyed this play. It was a historical biography I wasn't familiar with but found it raucous... More

helenkeegan 31 Jul 2017

I really enjoyed this play. It was a historical biography I wasn't familiar with but found it raucous and moving. The costumes and set were sumptuous and the performances from the whole cast were excellent.

helenkeegan 31 Jul 2017
theresaschick 23 May 2017
SDTopper 13 Nov 2017

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

Hassellta 08 Oct 2016

At almost 20 yrs old he really enjoyed the show, understood the nuances and knew enough history to place the story. He raved about the way the show was produced and the performance of the individual cast members, and we talked about it a lot afterwards.

Hassellta 08 Oct 2016

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

Hassellta 08 Oct 2016

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 understanding of the play and the actual history. The lead role was played by Dominic Cooper who spoke clearly, had great stage presence and was convincing. The costumes were wonderful, the cast were all believable and the show flew by. It is very amusing with a serious note. The show just starts with no defined curtain call so be in your seat and ready in good time before the start time as cast come on stage and interact. It's lovely. Would recommend if you love history and debauchery! By the way - lots of adult language and sexual reference so not one for the kids!

Hassellta 08 Oct 2016

I was really looking forward to this despite the very mixed reviews. It was fun, and funny but I was... More

mssmittenkitten 30 Jan 2017

I was really looking forward to this despite the very mixed reviews. It was fun, and funny but I was hoping that Dominic would be a little more dislikable - as he said in his opening monologue. It was good, but I wouldn't rate it highest on my list for 2016.

mssmittenkitten 30 Jan 2017
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