Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Donmar Warehouse

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

11 Dec 2015 - 13 Feb 2016

£8.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

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Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuile and Vicomte de Valmont 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.

In 1782, de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.


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“Superb performances... West’s Valmont is suave and brutish... McTeer: triumphant... Theatre at its most seductive and sinister. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“[Rourke's] production is less self-consciously sexy than the film, but much more fun... West is great... McTeer is sensational. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Has there ever been a better stage adaptation of a novel?.. Full of symmetry, sex and style... An evening to richly savour. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A sumptuously dressed, imaginative anniversary production of Christopher Hampton's award-winning play. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Tart, sour and thrillingly unwholesome... The whiff of sulphur is still there... McTeer’s smoothly alarming. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“The trick, as Josie Rourke’s Donmar revival brilliantly grasps, is to ensure the piece makes complete psychological sense. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“No holds are barred here... McTeer is a marvel, so avid with malice that she makes the feathers on her hat spring upright. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Decadence, deceit, big hair and sex. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A Valmont as charismatic in his way as John Malkovich in this latest, strongly-cast vindication of a great play. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“[McTeer's] height, her beauty and that mesmerising voice all serve to create an intensely striking anti-heroine. ”

Jane Kemp (What's On Stage)

“West seems... plummily English... McTeer's fine Merteuil insinuates and machinates in a sinisterly breathy, mock-soothing manner”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“This production is as frustrating as it is worthwhile... McTeer is magnificent... The women far outclass the men. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

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