The Libertine

The Libertine

By (author) Stephen Jeffreys

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Re-issued alongside the release of John Malkovich's outrageously sexy film, starring Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, Jack Devenport and Malkovich himself. The Libertine was first seen at the Royal Court in 1994, in a production by Max Stafford-Clark's Out of Joint. The play is based on the life of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, friend and confidant of Charles II and the most notorious and licentious rake of his age. Thoroughly modern in its sensibility and in its attitude to Rochester's endless sexual indulgence, it is both an accurate portrait of the period and a very funny comedy of manners. This new film adaptation has been scripted by Stephen Jeffreys and it is unusually faithful to the original play. Produced by John Malkovich, who also cameos as Charles II, directed by Laurence Dunmore, and starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton, it promises to be one of the biggest releases of the autumn.

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 14mm | 99.79g
  • 01 Sep 1995
  • NICK HERN BOOKS
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1854592777
  • 9781854592774
  • 101,872

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Stephen Jeffreys' plays include Valued Friends about property values, for which he won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award, A Going Concern, The Clink and I Just Stopped by to See the Man. All are published by NHB.

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"'bubbles and fizzes like champagne... and the dialogue drips with wonderful witticisms.' Financial Times"

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The Libertine tells the story of the Earl of Rochester, friend and confidant of Charles II and the most notorious rake of his age. He was an anti-monarchist Royalist, an atheist who converted to Christianity and a lyric poet who revelled in pornography. The play centres on the moment his cynicism is confounded when he falls in love in earnest. Thoroughly modern in its attitude to Rochester's sexual indulgence, the play is also a thrillingly convincing portrait of the period and an accomplished comedy of manners. Commissioned and direct by Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint, The Libertine was first performed on tour and at the Royal Court Theatre alongside the Restoration comedy, The Man of Mode, which offers another, contemporary view of Rochester.

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