We managed to finally get £10 front row tickets after weeks of trying, and our seats were pretty darn good; right by the actors entrance to the stage, just behind the couch.
We also happened to be there on the night a very famous actress decided to go and see her friend and one time co-star, Dominic West.
Elaine Cassidy, interview: I’m not sleeping, I’m losing weight — but I’ve been handed the best box of treats
Elaine Cassidy was cast in Les Liaisons Dangereuses after Michelle Dockery pulled out. She’s happy to let it take over her life, she tells Susannah Butter.
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. For LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES’ thirty year revival, Josie Rourke has drawn together a stellar cast. Elaine Cassidy will play Madame de Tourvel, Janet McTeer will play the Marquise de Merteuil and Dominic West will play the Vicomte de Valmont.
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuile 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.
It was a brilliant start to my career. After that I kept being sent similar roles, all of which I turned down. If I’d wanted to keep playing the same part, I’d have gone into a soap.
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