Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, both Tony winners, will return to Broadway this fall in the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. It will be the second Broadway revival of the drama, which had its premiere in a 1987 production co-starring Lindsay Duncan and the late Alan Rickman. A 2008 revival starred Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.
The new revival begins performances October 8 and will open on the 30th at the Shubert Organization’s Booth Theatre for a limited run through January 22.
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 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, which scored a Best Picture Oscar nom. Josie Rourke’s acclaimed production transfers to Broadway after a sold-out engagement at London’s Donmar Warehouse starring McTeer, which ended earlier this year. The production was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover.
McTeer, who will play La Marquise de Merteuil, earned a Tony Award in 1997 for her Broadway debut in A Doll’s House and most recently appeared on the Broadway stage in God of Carnage and the Donmar’s Mary Stuart. She can also be seen this summer in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Taming of the Shrew.
Schreiber, who will play Le Vicomte de Valmont, earned a Tony Award for his performance in 2005’s Glengarry Glen Ross, and received a Tony nomination for his most recent Broadway appearance in A View from the Bridge. He stars in the hit Showtime series Ray Donovan, whose fourth season premieres June 26.
Director Josie Rourke, who is in rehearsal for Nick Payne’s new play Elegy at the Donmar in London, is represented this summer in New York with the just-announced Public Theater/Donmar Warehouse co-production of Privacy. Co-conceived by James Graham and Rourke, Privacy is written by James Graham and directed by Josie Rourke.
Hampton received an Academy Award for scripting the movie Dangerous Liaisons. He is currently represented on Broadway with the acclaimed adaptation of Florian Zeller’s The Father and in London with his new version of Zeller’s The Truth as well as the return of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close.