Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Loft Theatre, Leamington, Jan 22- Feb 1.
The original novel caused a scandal that resonated right across Europe. Two hundred ears later, in the late 1980s, the film won three Hollywood Oscars.
Now the Loft have managed to get their hands on Christopher Hampson's stage adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a searing portrayal of seduction and revenge that has had few equals in all that time.
The setting is 18th century pre-revolution France, where in boudoir and salon two aristocratic ex-lovers compete in games of seduction and betrayal. Their only thought is the pursuit of pleasure, which often comes at the expense of others. But when one of them actually falls in love, the scene is set for illicit passion, cynicism and decadence on a truly grand scale.
Sue Moore, directing for the Loft, says: "We have been desperate for some years to secure the rights for Hampson's exquisitely written play about sex and power. It is probably the greatest stage adaptation of a novel that we have, and the most skilful piece of writing. Unmissable".
For tickets go to: www.lofttheatrecompany.com or phone 01926 830860.
Pictured: Julie Godfrey as La Marquise de Merteuil, Mark Crossley as Le Vicomte de Valmont, and Libby Morris as La Presidente deTouvel.
Richard Smith Photography.