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French sexual intrigue at Cineplex

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Dominic West as Le Vicomte de Valmont (left) and Janet McTeer as La Marquise de Merteuil in the National Theatre’s ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuse’.
Janet McTeer as La Marquise de Merteuil (left), Dominic West as Le Vicomte de Valmont (centre) and Elaine Cassidy as Madame de Tourvel.

Five stars

"Theatre at its most seductive"

- Evening Standard

Following the successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse's new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas, captured live from the Donmar's London home and made available to screens around the world, including Jamaica's Palace Amusement circuit.

It will show at the Palace Cineplex on Sunday.

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 30-year anniversary.

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, now 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.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire).

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking initiative to broadcast theatre live from the stage to cinemas around the world. Each performance is captured and broadcast live (or 'as live', depending on location) via satellite to over 2,000 venues in more than 40 countries.

Tickets are on sale at the box office, Palace Cineplex, and via the web at, with a value added Palace Card.