A life of excess and hedonism: where will it end?
A life of excess and hedonism: where will it end?
Bath CULTURE NEWS

Restoration romp starring Dominic Cooper comes to Bath

Dominic Cooper – of Mamma Mia fame – stars in a brand new staging of The Libertine, which opens in Bath from Wednesday 31st August to Saturday 17th September as part of the Theatre Royal’s 2016 Summer Season. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, Stephen Jeffreys’ drama appears at the Theatre Royal Bath offering the chance to locals to see it before it transfers to London’s West End.

Desired, debauched and disgraced, the most notorious rogue in Restoration England is played by Dominic Cooper, as he makes his return to the stage in a major revival of Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged drama set in the 1670s.

Based on true events, The Libertine tells the story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester – a charismatic poet and playwright with a legendary appetite for excess.  A close friend of King Charles II, Rochester’s life of debauchery knows no bounds. That is, until headstrong actress Elizabeth Barry makes an appearance at the Playhouse and a chance encounter sends the Earl reeling, forcing him to reconsider everything.  Could she finally be the one to tame him?

Multi-award winner Terry Johnson directs an acclaimed cast in this lively and witty romp through an age of excess in seventeenth century London.

The Libertine appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 31st August to Saturday 17th September. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or via www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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