Sex, intrigue and betrayal in latest National Theatre Live screening

Scheming: 'Dominic West as Le Vicomte de Valmont and Janet McTeer  as La Marquise de Merteuil star in  Les Liasons Dangereuses
Scheming: 'Dominic West as Le Vicomte de Valmont and Janet McTeer as La Marquise de Merteuil star in Les Liasons Dangereuses
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The latest National Theatre Live screening to cinemas will be Les Liaisons Dangereuses, next Thursday, January 28, at 7pm.

This follows the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear by National Theatre Live.

The Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses is being broadcast live from the Donmar’s London home. Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire).

In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world.

Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s 30th anniversary.

The story concerns former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil (Janet McTeer) and Vicomte de Valmont (Dominic West) who compete in games of seduction and revenge.

Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.

For screen details locally, see Friday’s Lynn News cinema guide