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

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About the show

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
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

47 Reviews Add review

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

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

theresaschick 179cm, 69 reviews, 1 helpful vote

SDTopper 5"8, 74 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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, 27 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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, 27 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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... More

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 92 reviews, 6 helpful votes

rikkiONshow 178cm, 269 reviews, 5 helpful votes

rikkiONshow 178cm, 269 reviews, 5 helpful votes

On paper this sounded more enjoyable than the reality. It felt rather tame and not particularly indulgent or decadent.

LondonLass 5"1, 227 reviews, 14 helpful votes