19:45, Tue 19th – Sat 23rd October 2004 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 2
In the degenerate opulence of eighteenth century France, the magnetic and
manipulative Vicomte de Valmont and his former lover La Marquise de
Merteuil are locked in a convoluted and calculating game of sexual conquest
and emotional sadism.
Seeking diversion from the ennui that even their customary sexual intrigues
and emotional perversions cannot alleviate, the two conspire to corrupt and
destroy the fifteen-year-old Cecile, who is barely out of her convent.
Meanwhile, Valmont also seeks prey more worthy of his talent and
reputation; Madame de Tourvel, happily married and famous for her strict
morals and religious fervour, would be his greatest coup.
Thus, the two masterful chess-players manipulate their pawns for their own
sadistic pleasure. But as the stakes rise ever higher, there emerges from
beneath a veneer of frivolity, an intense emotional power struggle and the