London Les Liaisons Dangereuses Closes Early

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The year has claimed its first theatrical scalp, and it’s a play that is usually thought of as a surefire hit. Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, in a revival directed by Tim Fywell at London’s Playhouse Theatre, is to close up shop two-and-a-half months early.
Jared Harris
Jared Harris Photo by Carol Rosegg

The show, a cat-and-mouse game of sexual one-upmanship, was one of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s big hits back in 1985. It then starred the smoky duo of Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan. Glenn Close won an Oscar when she played opposite John Malkovich in the 1988 movie version. But Fywell’s Jared Harris and Polly Walker were not deemed by the critics to measure up to their predecessors. The London Evening Standard called the revival “dismal,” while the Express preferred the term “truly naff.” “A drag” yawned the Daily Mail.

Co-starring were Emilia Fox and Laurence Penry Jones, with designs by Robert Innes-Hopkins. Having opened on Dec. 12, it was booking to March 27. However, the last performance will now be on Jan 10.

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