Dominic Cooper plays The Libertine in sexually charged Restoration romp

The Libertine

Dominic Cooper looks a contented chap – and no wonder. He’s set to star in Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged Restoration romp, The Libertine, this summer.

Cooper returns to the stage to play debauched 17th Century rake, the Earl of Rochester.

This sizzling and erotic masterpiece will play a limited run at Bath Theatre Royal from August 31 before moving to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from September 22. The production will be directed by the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson.

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John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester is a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. Yet this most ardent of hedonists is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter with an actress at the Playhouse sends him reeling.

With flair and wit, this wild romp through 1670s London offers an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.

Dominic Cooper has notable stage credits, particularly at the National Theatre including The History Boys, Mother Clap’s Molly House and more recently in Phedre alongside Helen Mirren.

Cooper’s numerous film credits include The History Boys, The Duchess, My Week with Marilyn, Mamma Mia, Captain America: The First Avenger and he is soon to star in Preacher.

The Libertine was first performed on tour and at the Royal Court Theatre alongside the Restoration comedy, The Man of Mode, which presented another, contemporary view of Rochester.

It later transferred to Chicago’s Steppenwolf starring John Malkovich and directed by Terry Johnson before Johnny Depp took the title role in the 2004 film adaptation.

The Libertine runs at the Theatre Royal Bath from August 31-September 17 and Theatre Royal Haymarket from September 22-December 3.

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