The Libertine

The Libertine

4.5 (16) · Contemporary

Full of flair and wit, this brilliant play is both a wild period piece and an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.

Overview

Stephen Jeffreys’ play, later made into a film, tells the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester – a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. 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 …

Critic reviews

Verdict Exuberant revival of a play that is part-historical drama and part-comic demonstration of men behaving badly

· The Stage

Dominic Cooper is curiously colourless and uncompelling as Rochester

· Independent

Terry Johnson gives Stephen Jeffreys’s 1994 tale of Restoration depravity the full rumpy-pumpy, but Cooper’s Rochester is stuck in surly mode

· Observer

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Date & time

Show ended
Thu 22 Sep - Sat 3 Dec, Mon - Sat, 7.30pm, Thu & Sat mats at 2.30pm.*

*Check website for details.

Venue

18 Suffolk Street London SW1Y 4HT London, UK · Get Directions
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