Tony winners Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer are set to return to Broadway for a revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, based on the 1782 Pierre Choderlos de Laclos novel of the same name.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses tells the story of two ex-lovers who revel in the seduction and manipulation of other aristocrats shortly before the French Revolution. The novel was first adapted as a major stage production by Christopher Hamilton on London’s West End, and later came to Broadway in 1987 with the late Alan Rickman starring as Vicomte de Valmont and Lindsay Duncan playing Marquise de Merteuil.
The novel was later produced for the big screen in 1988 as Dangerous Liaisons, directed by Stephen Frears, which went on to receive seven Oscar nominations, winning three (including one for Hamilton’s adapted screenplay). A Chinese film adaptation was also released in 2012, directed by Hur Jin-ho and starring Zhang Ziyi. In 1999, the novel was spun into a teen-friendly adaptation, Cruel Intentions, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Ryan Phillippe; NBC has commissioned a pilot of the same name for the 2016–2017 season that will pick up 15 years following the events of the film.
Schreiber, who currently stars as the titular character on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, recently won a Screen Actors Guild Award in the ensemble category for his work in Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight. McTeer was previously nominated for two Academy Awards, one for her performance in 1999’s Tumbleweeds, and the other for the 2011 drama Albert Nobbs, in which she costarred alongside Glenn Close, who played Marquise de Merteuil in the 1988 film.
The upcoming Donmar Warehouse production, directed by Josie Rourke, begins Oct. 8, 2016 in previews ahead of officially opening Oct. 30, running through Jan. 22, 2017 at the Shubert Organization’s Booth Theatre.