Elena Kampouris Joins Broadway's Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The young film and television star adds another Broadway debut to the company.
Eighteen-year-old Elena Kampouris (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Men, Women & Children) joins the cast of the Donmar Warehouse's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which is set to begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 8 in advance of an October 30 opening. The show is scheduled to run through January 22, 2017.
Kampouris will make her Broadway debut in the role of Cécile Volanges, opposite Tony winners Janet McTeer (La Marquise de Merteuil) and Liev Schreiber (Le Vicomte de Valmont). The previously announced Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Madame de Tourvel) and Mary Beth Peil (Madame de Rosemonde) are also among the cast.
"Elena is an exceptional new talent and I am so excited to be working with her," said director Josie Rourke. "There is a tradition of Cecile's in Les Liaisons Dangereuses making their name with the role, and I am sure that this will be true for Elena, who will bring great wit and truth to the role."
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue, and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, in 1985, Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation became an award-winning sensation in London's West End and on Broadway, followed by the Academy Award-winning film Dangerous Liaisons, starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The play is described as follows: "Former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont compete in games of seduction and revenge...Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel."
The Broadway creative team includes Tom Scutt (set and costume designs), Mark Henderson (lighting design), Carolyn Downing (sound design), Michael Bruce (composer), Campbell Young (hair, wigs, and makeup), and Arthur Pita (movement director).