The Libertine at The Theatre Royal Haymarket

Last week I was invited to catch the new west end production of The Libertine starring Dominic Cooper.

Dominic Cooper in The Libertine West End Theatre London Blog Blogger

Having no idea about the story, (nope, I haven’t even seen the Johnny Depp film of the same name) I decided to do a little bit of research before I took my seat for the show. It turns out The Libertine is about John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, known not only for his risque poetry but also for being a bit of a playboy. Cooper plays this perfectly! The show starts with Cooper’s character addressing the audience for a prologue of warnings that we’re not going to like him.

Dominic Cooper in The Libertine West End Theatre London Blog Blogger

I don’t want to give too much away to those of you not familiar with the story, but be prepared for a particular scene of a sexual nature and an after-interval opening song about a certain sex toy!

Although this show doesn’t quite hit the spots I was hoping, the parts that were meant to be funny were very much so (seriously, laughter all round!), but the scenes in between were rather lacking with not a lot really happening. I even spotted one man in front who had nodded off!

I did really like the set design though. The back drop is a very large frame with a picture inside that changes to match each new scene, which I thought was very clever.

Even though I wasn’t blown over by this west end show, I’m still glad to have had to chance to see it as Dominic’s performance is brilliant. He plays the Earl as a rogue who you can’t quite make up your mind whether to love or hate. The perfect balance to still keep you intrigued with his character.

The Libertine is only running until the 3rd of December so if you are going to book tickets, you’d better do so, quick!

* I was invited along to watch this show for free, but rest assured, all words and opinions are my own 🙂


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