Dominic Cooper in The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Theatre Royal Haymarket makes another announcement only days after revealing the names of those joining Pixie Lott in the upcoming production of Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
Whilst that show opens in June the latest announcement concerns the play set to follow it in September, which has now been announced as The Libertine with Dominic Cooper. It will play at the West End location following an appearance at the Theatre Royal Bath at the end of August.
The 1994 play focuses on John Wilmot (Cooper), otherwise known as the second Earl of Rochester, in 17th century London. He is a writer and a man of excess and we explore a world of this through his eyes as he eventually finds himself face to face with an actress who has a profound effect on him.
Described in the press release as a “sexually charged masterpiece”, it is bound to turn a few heads when it opens in the West End as Cooper follows in the footsteps of Johnny Depp, who played the main character in the film version of the play in 2004.
Cooper has a history of appearing in high profile stage shows in the capital, particularly as part of the original cast of The History Boys at the National Theatre. He also appeared in the show worldwide whilst also working on the film version, in addition to appearing in the likes of Phedre, His Dark Materials and Mother Clap’s Molly House, also all at the National. Audiences will also remember him from the film version of Mamma Mia! in which he played Sky, extending his connection with the capital’s theatre scene even further.
The Terry Johnson-directed show makes its way to the Theatre Royal Haymarket following the mentioned Breakfast At Tiffany’s, the adaptation of the Truman Capote classic that runs at the venue from June and is also set to appear on a UK tour. As such it is shaping up to be another busy year for the West End location as it welcomes an array of big names in 2016.