Elaine Cassidy has stepped in to play the role of Madame de Tourvel in the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, replacing Michelle Dockery who has withdrawn from the production.
Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke said: “We are delighted to welcome Elaine Cassidy back to the Donmar playing Madame de Tourvel.
“I can’t wait to work with Elaine and our fantastic company when rehearsals start on Monday, and hope to work with Michelle in the future”.
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s sensual adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.
Josie Rourke will direct this revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Christopher Hampton’s 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ novel.
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cécile Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel.
While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
Elaine will join a previously announced cast which includes Adjoa Andoh, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Morfydd Clark, Edward Holcroft, Janet McTeer, Jennifer Saayeng, Una Stubbs and Dominic West.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, will be broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live on January 28.
Elaine Cassidy previously appeared at the Donmar in Lyndsey Turner’s critically-acclaimed production of Brian Friel’s Fathers and Sons in 2014.
Other theatre credits include Deluge (Hampstead Theatre), There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida Theatre), The Crucible (RSC) and Scenes from the Big Picture (National Theatre).
Les Liaisons Dangereuses runs at the Donmar from December 11-February 13.