THE National Theatre London’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses will be screened at 11 am on Sunday, April 10 as part of the Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season.
Released in 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of lust, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier Award for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.
Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire).
It tells the story of former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, who now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
Tickets for the screening at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town are R100. Phone 021 461 4554 to book.