Les Liaisons Dangereuses, With Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, Completes Casting
Josie Rourke directs the Donmar Warehouse production.
As previously announced, the production will star Tony winners Janet McTeer (La Marquise de Merteuil) and Liev Schreiber (Le Vicomte de Valmont), alongside Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Madame de Tourvel), Mary Beth Peil (Madame de Rosemonde), and Elena Kampouris (Cécile Volanges).
Rounding out the ensemble will be Raffi Barsoumian (Le Chevalier Danceny), Ora Jones (Madame de Volanges), Katrina Cunningham (Émilie), Josh Salt (Azolan), Joy Franz (Victoire), David Patterson (Major-domo), and Laura Sudduth (Julie).
"I am thrilled that this cast has come together so perfectly," said Rourke. "I have worked with Raffi Barsoumian and Ora Jones in past productions and they delighted audiences with their talent and magnetism on stage. I am so excited to begin rehearsals with this entire company and bring this wonderful play to New York audiences."
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."
Performances are set to begin October 8 in advance of an October 30 opening and are scheduled to run through January 22, 2017.