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The Libertine

The Libertine

By Stephen Jeffreys
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854592774, 96 pages, September 1995


An outrageously bawdy historical comedy about the Earl of Rochester, the notorious 17th-century poet and rake. Filmed in 2004 with Johnny Depp as Rochester. The play centres on the moment when Rochester, friend and confidant of Charles II and the most notorious rake of his age, falls in love with the actress Elizabeth Barry. Thoroughly modern in its attitude to Rochester's sexual indulgence, the play is also a thrillingly convincing portrait of the period and an accomplished comedy of manners.