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VIDEO: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES' Director Josie Rourke: Two Sharks In A Pool of Innocence

Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of London's famed Donmar Warehouse and director of its acclaimed production of Christopher Hampton's sardonic drama of sex and revenge, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, has a graphic way of describing the play's two main characters.

In the video below she describes them as two sharks in a pool of innocence.

Janet McTeer will be repeating her performance as La Marquise de Merteuil when Rourke's mounting transfers to Broadway's Booth Theatre. She'll be joined by to Liev Schreiber as Le Vicomte de Valmont. The pair are ex-lovers who take cruel pleasure in humiliating others through their expertise in seduction.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses begins performances on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and will open on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St). This is a 15-week only engagement through Sunday, January 22, 2017. Tickets are now available and by calling 212-239-6200 and in person at the Booth Theatre box office. Group bookings are currently available through Group Sales at 212-239-6262 o r800-432-7780.

Janet McTeer will play "La Marquise de Merteuil," Liev Schreiber will play "Le Vicomte de Valmont," Birgitte Hjort Sørensen will play "Madame de Tourvel" and Mary Beth Peil will play "Madame de Rosemonde."

Les Liaisons Dangereuses will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover.

In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, in 1985, Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation became an award-winning sensation in London's West End and on Broadway, followed by the Academy Award-winning film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. Josie Rourke's acclaimed production transfers to Broadway after a sold-out engagement at London's Donmar Warehouse which ended earlier this year and starred Janet McTeer. The production received two Olivier Award nominations for Best Revival and Best Actress for Ms. McTeer.

Former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont compete in games of seduction and revenge. These merciless aristocrats toy with the hearts and reputations of innocents. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel.

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