Libidinous spark absent from portrayal of notorious rake



The Libertine
Theatre Royal Haymarket
London SW1
2/5
IN THIS production by Terry Johnson of Stephen Jeffrey’s play, Dominic Cooper takes on the role of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, in an historical drama which provides glimpses of his debauched life.
Rochester’s struggle to marry his obvious intelligence, artistic talent and philosophical insights with both the dissolute nature of the Restoration court and his own carnal desires underpins the tension between authenticity and performance central to the piece.
Rochester tells us at the start that we won’t like him but he’s... read more

 
6 October 2016 in Editorial, Views: 40
Source: Morning Star
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