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Blank Canvas Theatre Company presents

The Libertine

2 October - 5 October
The Libertine

A play by Stephen Jeffreys

Rochester was a man who was endowed with every conceivable talent and chose, deliberately and methodically, to waste each one.

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. An anti-monarchist friend of Charles II, an atheist who converted to Christianity and a lyric poet who revelled in obscenity.

The play opens in 1675 when Rochester is just 28. Already a writer and poet of reputed brilliance, his irreverence is starting to lose acceptability with the king as he continues to relentlessly test the limits of his society. Caught in a downward spiral of feverish alcohol-fuelled mischief-making and sexual excess, his downfall is finally set in motion when he falls madly in love with Elizabeth Barry, the young actress he is attempting to mold.

With all the wit, flair and bawdiness of a Restoration comedy, this bold new production of Stephen Jeffreys' provocative play is an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.

Warning: the play contains strong language and adult themes throughout.


An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Times & Prices

Date Time Venue Full Price Students
Wednesday, 2nd October 2019 19:30 Main House £13 £10
Thursday, 3rd October 2019 19:30 Main House £13 £10
Friday, 4th October 2019 19:30 Main House £13 £10
Saturday, 5th October 2019 19:30 Main House £13 -