The Broadway transfer of the Donmar Warehouse’s hit London revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses officially opens October 30 at the Booth Theatre. Previews began October 8.
Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star as La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont, respectively, in Christopher Hampton's play about sexual intrigue in 18th century France.
They are joined by Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil as Madame de Rosemonde, Pitch Perfect 2 actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Madame de Tourvel, Elena Kampouris (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2) making her Broadway debut as Cécile Volanges, Raffi Barsoumian as Le Chevalier Danceny, Ora Jones as Madame de Volanges, Katrina Cunningham as Émilie, Josh Salt as Azolan, Joy Franz as Victoire, David Patterson as Major-domo, and Laura Sudduth as Julie.
Staged by Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke, the 15-week limited engagement is scheduled to conclude January 22, 2017.
“I am thrilled that this cast has come together so perfectly,” said Rourke in an earlier statement. “I have worked with Raffi Barsoumian and Ora Jones in past productions and they delighted audiences with their talent and magnetism on stage. I am so excited to begin rehearsals with this entire company and bring this wonderful play to New York audiences.”
Tickets are on sale through Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200 or in person at the Booth Theatre box office (222 W. 45th Street). Group bookings are available through Telecharge.com Group Sales at (212) 239-6262 or (800) 432-7780.
Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue, and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France produced a scandal when it was first published in 1782. Hampton's stage adaption, which has been produced on Broadway twice previously, in 1987 and 2008, won both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play when it premiered in a production under the auspices of the RSC. Rourke's new production marks the play's 30-year revival. The London production was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Hampton received an Academy Award for the movie adaptation, Dangerous Liaisons.
In the play, former lovers the Marquise de Merteuil (McTeer) and Vicomte de Valmont (Schreiber) now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cécile 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.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses is produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Patty Baker, Starry Night Entertainment, Eric Gardiner, Caiola Productions, Jay & Cindy Gutterman, Big Beach Stage Productions, Stageworks Media, Bob Boyett, Once Upon a Time Productions, Jenna Segal, Scott Delman, Darren DeVerna, Susan Edelstein, Marc Levine, and Anita Waxman by special arrangement with Donmar Warehouse.
The creative team includes Tom Scutt (set and costume designs), Mark Henderson (lighting), Carolyn Downing (sound), Michael Bruce (original music), Richard Ryan (fight director), Arthur Pita (movement director), and Campbell Young Associates (hair, wigs and makeup). Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting. General Management is by 101 Productions, Ltd.
Visit LiaisonsBroadway.com for more information.
(Updated October 30, 2016)