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Tony winners Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer will return to Broadway in the fall, playing the dueling rivals whose cruel games of sexual conquest have fatal consequences in Christopher Hampton’s drama, Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Staged by Josie Rourke, the revival transfers to New York following a sellout run that ended earlier this year at London’s Donmar Warehouse, where Rourke is artistic director. McTeer starred in that incarnation opposite Dominic West, whose role will be played by Schreiber on Broadway.
The production will play a 15-week limited engagement at the Booth Theatre, with previews beginning Oct. 8 and opening night set for Oct. 30. Arielle Tepper Madover will produce the transfer, continuing a relationship with the Donmar that yielded the 2010 Tony winner for best play, Red.
Additional casting for the Broadway run is to be announced.
Adapted from Choderlos de Laclos‘ 1782 epistolary novel of sex, rivalry and betrayal, the play chronicles the salacious contest between ruthless libertine Le Vicomte de Valmont and his jealous friend La Marquise de Merteuil, which has unforeseen casualties.
Those roles were originally played in the celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company premiere in 1985 by Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan in a production that moved from Stratford-upon-Avon to London’s West End and from there to Broadway.
Stephen Frears directed the 1988 film adaptation, retitled Dangerous Liaisons, which starred Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. Numerous other screen versions have followed, including the contemporary teen update, Cruel Intentions.
The play was previously revived on Broadway in 2008, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.
Schreiber was last on Broadway in 2010 in A View From the Bridge; he won a Tony in 2005 for Glengarry Glen Ross. McTeer’s most recent Broadway role was in Mary Stuart in 2009, another Donmar transfer; she won a Tony in 1997 for A Doll’s House.
Prior to her Broadway return, McTeer is slated to appear this summer opposite Cush Jumbo in an all-female staging of The Taming of the Shrew, as part of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park series. Rourke also has an interim summer job with the Public, directing Daniel Radcliffe in Privacy.
Hampton is currently represented on Broadway with his adaptation of French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Father, starring Frank Langella.
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