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The Libertine

The Libertine

London in the 1670s - Charles II is on the throne, Nell Gwynn is in his bed, and the theatre and sexual promiscuity are flourishing.'The Libertine’ by Stephen Jeffreys is the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester - a hedonistic poet, playwright and rake whose appetite for women and wine has made him a notorious figure. He is a man who does not feel alive unless he exceeds every limit. He’s not easy to like, much less to love. Yet this most charismatic of sinners is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter at the Playhouse sends him reeling.With all the wit, flair and bawdiness of a Restoration Comedy, this brilliant play is both historical romp and incisive critique of an age of excess. Made famous through the film of the same name starring Johnny Depp and John Malkovich, this is the first major stage production in the UK since its London premiere.A corset-ripping 16+ only!The Libertine will tour to Bristol Old Vic for 6 performances from 28 - 31 May. More information

An Afternoon with The Libertine 17 May 12.15pm | £10 plus ticket to the show

  • 3 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 6 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 7 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 8 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 9 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 10 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 13 May 2014 @ 7.30PM + Post Show Talk
  • 14 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 15 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 16 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 17 May 2014 @ 2.30PM
  • 17 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 20 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 21 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 22 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 23 May 2014 @ 7.30PM
  • 24 May 2014 @ 2.30PM
  • 24 May 2014 @ 7.30PM

  • Previews 3 & 6 May
    Audio Described 10 May
    Signed 15 May (BSL Interpreters - Yvonne Strain / Catherine King)
    Captioned 24 May, 2.30pm
    Post Show Talk 13 May

    Wheelchair Access
    Guide Dogs welcome
    Induction Loop

    Definitive Edition playscript for sale

    The ‘Definitive Edition’ of The Libertine, written especially for the Citz by Stephen Jeffreys, is available in our online store.


    “Outstanding 20th-anniversary production demands our attention”
    The Telegraph review of The Libertine ★★★★

    “A swaggering, gutsy look at royal decadence”
    The Guardian review of The Libertine ★★★★

    “Dark yet disarmingly funny”
    The Times review of The Libertine (£) ★★★★

    “A work that gives its subject the immortality he craved”
    The Herald review of The Libertine ★★★★

    “Charms with wit and swagger”
    TV Bomb review of The Liberine ★★★★

    “Gaudy, bawdy and brilliant”
    The Public Reviews verdict of The Libertine ★★★★★

    “stridently bawdy, uproariously humorous and philosophical”
    The Sunday Herald Review of The Libertine

    “Ebullient, nuanced and vigorous piece of theatre.”
    Broadway Baby ★★★★


    “Few human beings were as conspicuously alive as Rochester…the Citizens seems like the perfect place to bring him to life once more.”
    The Sunday Herald previews The Libertine

    “Rochester was like the celebrity of the day”
    Writer, Stephen Jeffreys explains the enduring appeal of The Libertine The Herald

    Deaf Theatre Club event - Thu 15 May

    BSL interpretor for this video is Katrina Fisher.
    More information about the Citz Deaf Theatre Club.

    • Cast & Creative Team
      CAST Charlie Archer - Billy Downs Andy Clark - Sackville/Harris Tony Cownie - Etherege/Huysmans John Hodgkinson - Charles II Martin Hutson - Rochester Lucianne McEvoy - Elizabeth Malet Lee Mengo - Tom Alcock Barbara Rafferty - Mrs. Will Ufton / Molly Luscombe Gillian Saker - Elizabeth Barry Elexi Walker - JaneCREATIVE TEAM Written by Stephen Jeffreys Directed by Dominic Hill Designed by Tom Piper Lighting Design by Lizzie Powell Composer Hilary Brooks Movement Director Kally Lloyd-Jones Assistant Director Danielle McIlven Fight Director EmmaClaire Brightlyn Design Associate Emma Bailey Sound Design Guy Coletta Casting Director Camilla Evans CDG

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