By Stephen Jeffreys. Directed by David Shirley
The Libertine tells the story of the Earl of Rochester, friend and confidant of Charles II and the most notorious rake of his age. He was an anti-monarchist Royalist, an atheist who converted to Christianity and a lyric poet who reveled in pornography. The play centres on the moment his cynicism is confounded when he falls in love in earnest.
Self-consciously theatrical, bawdy and highly thought provoking, this play contemplates the vibrancy and decadence of the Restoration age.
John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester - Rory Butler
George Etherege, a playwright - Ethan Holmes
Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset and Middlesex / Harry Harris, an actor - Max Wallach
Billy Downes, a young spark - Assad Choudhury
Jane, a prostitute - Sarah Allen
Molly Luscombe, a stage manager / Mrs Will Ufton, a coffee house proprietor - Elisha Michael-Sesay
Tom Alcock, a serving man - Barry Hall
Elizabeth Barry, an actress - Helen Burnell
Elizabeth Malet, a country wife - Georgia Neville
Charles II, a monarch - Simon Jenkins
Playgoers, whores, clients etc played by members of the company
Designer: Lara Booth
Performances start at 6pm on Thursdays, 7.30pm all other days.
Tel: 0161 247 1306