ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Laura Linney Ben Daniels
In a new Broadway production of
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Christopher Hampton
Directed by Rufus Norris
Preview performances will begin on April 11th, 2008
Opening night is May 1st, 2008
at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents Laura Linney as “La Marquise de Merteuil ” and Ben Daniels making his Broadway debut as “Le Vicomte de Valmont” in a new Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Christopher Hampton, directed by Rufus Norris at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street).
The limited engagement will begin previews on Friday, April 11th, 2008 and officially open on Thursday, May 1st, 2008. The design team includes Scott Pask (sets), Katrina Lindsay (costumes) & Donald Holder (lights). The full cast will be announced shortly.
The definitive battle of the sexes springs to life in this Tony Award®-nominated classic by Christopher Hampton. For long-time friends and occasional lovers Vicomte de Valmont and Marquise de Merteuil, love is simply a game of chess. But in a few false moves, they’re about to find themselves locked in the ultimate checkmate. Filled with seduction, betrayal, and plenty of illicit passion, this dark comedy paints the pre-Revolutionary French aristocracy in all its cynicism and decadence.
Emmy Award winning actress Laura Linney returns to Broadway following her Tony-nominated role in Sight Unseen in 2005. Linney returns to Roundabout Theatre Company following the 2000 Broadway production of Uncle Vanya and prior to that, the 1994 production of Hedda Gabbler.
Ben Daniels is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance with this production.
The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses marks the play’s return to Broadway for the first time since its 1987 Tony Award® -nominated premiere and subsequent 1987 Olivier Award-winning West End production. Les Liaisons Dangereuses went on to inspire the 1988 Academy Award ®-nominated film classic, Dangerous Liaisons.
Tickets will be available in early 2008 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org, or at the box office of the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). Les Liaisons Dangereuses will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.
LAURA LINNEY (La Marquise de Merteuil). Laura Linney can next be seen in the Sundance hit, The Savages, opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman, which is set to release on December 26th as well as The Hottest State directed by Ethan Hawke, in theaters this fall. Most recently, Linney wrapped filming on the HBO miniseries “John Adams,” in which she teams up again with Paul Giamatti. Also on board for Linney is the James Ivory film, City of Your Final Destination, opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins. Currently, Laura can be seen on the big screen in The Nanny Diaries. Laura’s additional credits include, Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count On Me for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Independent Spirit Award. She received the award for Best Actress from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for her work in that film. Last year, she received Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for her work in The Squid and the Whale. In 2004, she starred in Kinsey, opposite Liam Neeson and directed by Bill Condon, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In addition, she won the award for “Best Supporting Actress” by the National Board of Review for her work in Kinsey. In 2003, Laura appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy “Love Actually,” written and directed by Richard Curtis. She was also seen that year in Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. Laura was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress in a Drama” by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Mystic River. Her other credits include Congo, Absolute Power, directed by Clint Eastwood, Primal Fear opposite Richard Gere and directed by Gregory Hoblit, The Truman Show opposite Jim Carrey, The House of Mirth, Lorenzo’s Oil, Dave, Searching for Bobby Fischer, A Simple Twist of Fate, The Mothman Prophecies, The Life of David Gale, PS, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Breach, Man of the Year, Driving Lessons and Jindabyne. Laura returned to television in 2004 on the NBC comedy “Frasier.” She appeared in four episodes as Dr. Frasier Crane’s love interest, Charlotte. For this role, Laura won a 2004 Emmy Award for “Best Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.” She previously won an Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress” for Showtime’s “Wild Iris” opposite Gena Rowlands. Additional television appearances include the lead role of Mary Ann Singleton in PBS’s “Tales of the City” based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, a role which she reprised in “More Tales of the City” for Showtime. Laura was also seen opposite Joanne Woodward in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of “Blind Spot” and opposite Steven Weber in “Love Letters” directed by Stanley Donen. Linney is a graduate of Juilliard. She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Richard Eyre’s The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson. Last spring, Laura starred in Donald Margulies’ Broadway staging of Sight Unseen, the same play she did 12 years ago. For her role as Patricia she received a Tony nomination as well as nominations from the Drama League, the Drama Desk Club and the Outer Critic Circle for “Outstanding Actress” in a play. Her additional theatre credits include roles in the Broadway presentations of Six Degrees of Separation; The Seagull; Hedda Gabler, for which she won a 1994 Calloway Award; Phillip Barry’s Holiday, a comedy of manners, opposite Tony Goldwyn; Honour, Sight Unseen, for which she earned a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination; and John Guare’s Landscape of the Body at the Yale Repertory Theatre.
BEN DANIELS (Le Vicomte de Valmont). Film: Grant in Luna, Goat in Doom, Leo in Fogbound, Danny in Married Unmarried, Andrew in Fanny and Elvis, Leopold in Madeleine, Bob in I Want You, Tony in Beautiful Thing, Augustin in Passion in the Desert. Film for television: Townsend in “Brittanic,” Buhler in “Conspiracy” (American Film Institute Awards for Motion Pictures nomination). Television: Caiaphas in “The Passion”, Rushton in “Lark Rise to Candleford,” Saki in “Who Killed Mrs. De Ropp,” Nicholas Brocklehurst in “The State Within,” Walsingham in “Elizabeth-The Virgin Queen,” Oleg Korsakov in “Spooks 4,” Alfred in “Miss Marple,” DI Matthew Fenton in “Real Men,” Ian Fleming in “Ian Fleming-A Life in Pictures,” Finn in “Cutting It,” Kildare in “Aristocrats,” Ben in “Truth or Dare,” Norman Cubit in “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries,” Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet,” Adrian in “The Crossing,” Robin in “Lost Language of Cranes,” Owen Johnson in “Silent Witness,” Jonathan in “David,” Alex in “Outside Edge.” Theatre at the National: Laurent in Therese Raquin, Agamemnon in Iphigenia at Aulis, Vershinin in Three Sisters, Chris Keller in All My Sons (Olivier Award, WhatsonStage Award). Theatre at the Donmar Warehouse: Gregers Werle in The Wild Duck, Welch in The God of Hell, Odon von Horvath in Tales From Hollywood (Donmar Warehouse), Orlando in As You Like It (Lyric; TMA nomination), Matt in Martin Yesterday (Royal Exchange; M.E.N. nomination), Franco in Naked (Almeida/Playhouse), Tiger in 900 Oneonta (Old Vic/Ambassadors; Evening Standard Award nomination), Lucky in Waiting for Godot (Lyric Hammersmith), Gideon in Cracks (King’s Head), Sloane in Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Greenwich), Wickham in Pride and Prejudice (Royal Exchange), Loeb in Never the Sinner (Bath/Playhouse; Olivier nomination), Bollwerk in The Tutor (Old Vic), Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well, Pylades in Electra, Cleante in The Hypochondriac (Leicester), James in Family Circles, James Feather in The Bronte’s of Haworth (Scarborough).
RUFUS NORRIS (Director). Theatre: Vernon God Little: Adaptation by Tanya Ronder of the Booker Prize winning novel by DBC Pierre for Cuba Pictures / Young Vic (2007). Cabaret: New production for the Lyric Theatre, West End (2006), Market Boy: Written by David Eldridge. Premiered at the National Theatre Olivier (2006). Tin Tin: Co-written with David Greig. For the Barbican (2005). Blood Wedding: Adapted by Tanya Ronder. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal. For the Almeida (2005). Festen: Adapted by David Eldridge, based on the film by Thomas Vinterberg. Premiered at the Almeida with a sell out run (2004). Transferred to the West End in 2004 and to Broadway in 2005. Festen won Critic’s Circle Award Best Director 2005, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Director 2005, won Evening Standard Award Best Director 2004. Sleeping Beauty: Also written by Rufus. For the Young Vic (2002-2003); transferred to the Barbican in 2004. Peribáñez: Lope de Vega’s play, adapted by Tanya Ronder, for the Young Vic (2003). Dirty Butterfly: Written by Debbie Tucker Green. For Soho Theatre (2003). Small Change: Written by Peter Gill. For the Sheffield Crucible (2002); Peter Brook Empty Space Award for Crucible Studio Season 2002. Workers Writes: For the Royal Court Upstairs (2001). Afore Night Come: For the Young Vic (2001); Winner Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Awards 2001. Mish Alla Ruman: Written by David Greig. Played at Al Kasaba, Ramallah (2001). Two Women: Written by Debbie Green. For Soho Theatre (2000). Under The Blue Sky: Written by David Eldridge. For the Royal Court Upstairs (2000). My Dad’s Cornershop: Written by Ray Grewal. For Birmingham Rep (2000). Strike Gently: Co-written with K Lindsay. For Wink at the Young Vic Studio (1999). Small Craft Warnings: Written by Tennessee Williams; for the Pleasance, London (1999). About The Boy: Written by Ed Hime. For the Royal Court Upstairs (1998). Clubbed Out: Written by Ezra Elia. For the Class Festival, Royal Court Upstairs (1998). The Measles: Written by Ivan Vidic. For The Gate (1998). Where The Devils Dwell: Written by Rhiannon Tise. For YPT at the Royal Court Upstairs (1997). The People Downstairs: Written by Deirdre Strath. For the Wink at the Young Vic Studio (1997). The Art Of Random Whistling: Written by Mark Jenkinson for Wink at the Young Vic Studio (1996). Waking Beauty: Written by Deirdre Strath. For Arts Threshold (1995). Rosa Carnivora: Written by Deirdre Strath. For Theatr Clwyd / Touring (Wink) (1994). The Lizzie Play: Written by Deirdre Strath. For Arts Threshold / Touring (Wink) (1992-1994). Things Curious: Written by Louise Warren. For BAC / Touring (1993). The Tempest: Written by William Shakespeare. For Arts Threshold (1992). Opera / Musical theatre: Tall Stories: Written by Gough / Chew. Vienna / BAC / Touring / USA (2002), Nominated for Manchester Evening News Award 2002. Sea Tongue: Written by Gough / Chew. Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2001). While I Was Waiting: Written by Orlando Gough. Limelight / BAC (ENO Studio/Wink) (2001). Shawna And Ron’s Half Moon: Written by Eva Salzman. ENO (Baylis) (2000). Pierrot: Written by Orlando Gough. ENO (Baylis) (1999). Rufus is Associate Director of the Young Vic Theatre and, since 1992, has been Artistic Director of Wink, a LA and ACE funded London-based theatre company that he co-founded.
CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON (Playwright). Christopher Hampton’s plays, musicals and translations have garnered three Tony Awards, Two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award while prizes for his film and television work include An Academy Award, two BAFTAs, a Writer’s Guild of America Award, the Prix Italian and a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His plays include Embers (2006) at the Duke of York’s Theatre starring Jeremy Irons, The Talking Cure (2002), Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (1994), White Chameleon (1991) and Tales From Hollywood (1983) (all at the Royal National Theatre); Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which began at the R.S.C.’s Other Place in Stratford in Sept. 1985 and subsequently ran at the Ambassadors Theatre for over five years; Treats (1976), Savages (1973) The Philanthropist (1970), all of which transferred from the Royal Court Theatre to the West End, where The Philanthropist ran for more than 1100 performances; Total Eclipse (1968) and When Did You Last See My Mother? (1966) (also at the Royal Court Theatre), the last of which, when it transferred, made him the youngest playwright ever to have a play in the West End, a record which still stands. Treats and Total Eclipse were both revived in London early in 2007 to critical acclaim. He has written (with Don Black) the book and lyrics for two musicals; Dracula (2004), with music by Frank Wildhorn and Sunset Boulevard (1992) with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
His translations include: from Chekhov, The Seagull (2007 Royal Court) Three Sisters (2003 A.T.G) and Uncle Vanya (1970, Royal Court); from Ibsen, An Enemy of the People (1997), The Wild Duck (1979), and Hedda Gabler (1970) (all at the Royal National Theatre), Ghosts for the Actor’s Company (1978) and A Doll’s House (1971) with Claire Bloom on Broadway and in the West End, subsequently filmed (1973); from Odon von Horvath, Tales From The Vienna Woods (1977) subsequently filmed (1979) and Don Juan Comes Back From The War (1978) at the Royal National Theatre and Faith, Hope and Charity (1989) at the Lyric, Hammersmith; Tartuffe by Moliere at the R.S.C (1983) and from Yasmina Reza, Life x 3 (2000) at the Royal National Theatre, Conversations after a Burial (2000) at the Almeida, The Unexpected Man (1997) at the R.S.C. and Art, which opened at Wyndham’s in Oct.1996 and ran for over 2500 performances. His Television work includes: “The Ginger Tree” (1989 from Oswald Wynd), “Hotel du Lac” (1986, from Anita Brookner), “The History Man” (1980, from Malcolm Bradbury) and “Able’s Will” (1977). Screenplays include: Atonement (2007), The Quiet American (2002), Mary Reilly (1996), Total Eclipse (1995), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Good Father (1986) and The Honorary Consul (1983). He has also written and directed three films: Imagining Argentina (2004), The Secret Agent (1996) and Carrington (1995).
Lead support provided by the Play Production Fund partners: Steven and Liz Goldstone, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Mary and David Solomon.
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Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent theatres each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission. The off Broadway home, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre’s Laura Pels Theatre with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays while the grandeur of its Broadway home, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.
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