Arts - The Libertines


Dominic Cooper is currently starring as debauched 17th Century rake John Wilmot, The Earl of Rochester in The Libertine, at the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket. 

Despite the fact that the Earl only lived until he was 33, he managed to live a very fruitful life, causing much controversy in London at the time. Cheeky chap Cooper seems a good choice for the role.

John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester is a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. Yet this most ardent of hedonists is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter with an actress (played by Ophelia Lovibond) at the Playhouse sends him reeling. With flair and wit, this wild romp through 1670s London offers an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.

This sexually charged masterpiece by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys opened on 22 September and will run to 3 December.

artsBy Jorges Clarke