Morfydd Clark, the rising star of the Sheffield Crucible’s forthcoming Romeo And Juliet, will follow her Yorkshire engagement with a London run in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Clark, who will play Cécile Volanges, joins the previously announced Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, Olivier Award winner Janet McTeer and The Affair’s Dominic West in the Josie Rourke-directed revival.
Clark is not the only new arrival in the cast of Christopher Hampton’s play of sex, intrigue and betrayal. Also joining the cast today are Sherlock’s Mrs Hudson, Una Stubbs, A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes star Adjoa Andoh, Kingsman: The Secret Service duo Theo Barklem-Biggs and Edward Holcroft, and Jennifer Saayeng, who returns to the Donmar following her City Of Angels performance in 2014.
Hampton’s stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ novel follows former lovers the Marquise de Merteuil (McTeer) and the Vicomte de Valmont (West) as they play games of seduction and revenge. While they toy with the emotions and reputations of others, their own may be more fragile than they imagine.
When Les Liaisons Dangereuses first came to the stage 30 years ago, it won both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play.
The new production begins its run at the Donmar Warehouse on 11 December, following acclaimed current revival of Abi Morgan’s Splendour, which runs until 26 September, and the UK premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Teddy Ferrara, which runs from 1 October.