IF you love watching the National Theatre Live broadcasts then you can’t afford to miss the latest offering in the series, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which is being screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
Filmed live at the Donmar Warehouse in London there will be four screenings only on Saturday, March 5 at 7.30pm. Sunday, March 6 at 2.30 pm, Wednesday, March 9 at 7.30 pm and Thursday, March 6 at 7.30 pm.
Directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair), the play is based on Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal which was published in 1782 in pre-revolutionary France and scandalised the world.
Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s 30-year anniversary.
The play tells the story of former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil (Janet McTeer) and Vicomte de Valmont (Dominic West), who now compete in games of seduction and revenge.
Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges (Morfydd Clark) before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel (Elaine Cassidy). While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
Other cast members include: Adjoa Andoh (Madame de Volanges), Theo Barklem-Biggs (Azolan), Edward Holcroft (Le Chevalier Danceny), Jennifer Saayeng (Émilie) and Una Stubbs (Madame de Rosemonde).
Watch the trailer here: http://bit.ly/1Lfdv9F
See Dominic West and Janet McTeer discuss the production here: http://bit.ly/21jgt4r
Director Josie Rourke talks about love and sex in Les Liaisons Dangereuses here: http://bit.ly/1OwZ7Ex
For booking information on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, download the Ster-Kinekor App on any smart phone for updates, news and to make a booking. Alternatively visit http://www.cinemanouveau.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi. For queries, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).
Please note that the running time of this production is three hours, including a 15 minute interval.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Christopher Hampton is a prolific playwright, screenwriter and director. As well as the stage play Les Liaisons Dangereuses, he also wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film adaptation, Dangerous Liaisons, starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
- More recently Christopher adapted Ian McEwan’s Atonement for the screen, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
- Christopher wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? while at Oxford University. It was subsequently performed at the Royal Court, before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in 1966.
- He was Resident Dramatist and literary manager at the Royal Court from 1968 to 1970.
- Christopher’s plays The Philanthropist and Tales From Hollywood have both been performed at the Donmar and his other plays include Total Eclipse, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Talking Cure and Appomattox.
- Christopher has written the book and lyrics for several successful musicals including Sunset Boulevard and Stephen Ward with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black, and musical adaptations of Dracula and Rebecca.
Forthcoming productions from NT Live, to be screened at Cinema Nouveau, include:
- From the Olivier Theatre, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, with Rosalie Craig as Rosalind, to be screened from Saturday, March 19.
- The acclaimed West End transfer of the Royal Court Theatre production of Hangmen by Olivier and Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh, with a cast including David Morrissey, Andy Nyman and Johnny Flynn, from London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, will be screened from April 9.