Secrets and seduction on stage

2018-01-23 06:00
Dangerous Liaisons at the Masque Theatre.

Dangerous Liaisons at the Masque Theatre.

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Muizenberg Dramatic Society and The Masque Theatre present Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 February and Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 March at The Masque Theatre.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a drama created by Christopher Hampton based on a novel that was written in 1782 by Choderlos de ­Laclos.

It is described as an amoral story and the book was viewed as scandalous at the time of its publication.

The story is about the Masquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals (and ex-lovers) who use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others.

It depicts the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, thereby exposing the perversions of the so-called Ancien Régime.

Christopher Hampton’s 1985 adaption opened in London’s West End and in 1987 crossed over to Broadway with Alan Rickman in the role of the Vicomte de Valmont. The 1988 film adaption by Stephen Frears starring Glen Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer was nominated for multiple Academy Awards including Best ­Picture.

Many other film adaptations have been made and set in various locations and ­time frames.

Tickets are R100. Book at Computicket.


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