Liaisons Dangereuses, Les (2008) Production Files

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Identifier: LESLIAISONS2008
Inclusive Dates: 2008
Production Files documenting the 2008 production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris, with set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Paul Arditti, and hair and wig design by Paul Huntley.

The production starred Laura Linney as La Marquise de Merteuil and Ben Daniels as Le Vicomte de Valmont, with Sian Phillips as Madame de Rosemonde. The rest of the cast included Kristine Nielsen as Madame de Volanges, Mamie Gummer as Cecile Volanges, Tim McGeever as Major-domo, Derek Cecil as Azolan, Jessica Collins as La Presidente de Tourvel, Rosie Benton as Emilie, Benjamin Walker as Le Chevalier Danceny, Kevin Duda as Footman/Tenor, Jane Pfitsch as Maid/Soprano, and Delphi Harrington and Nicole Orth-Pallavicini as Servants, with the latter four actors plus Tim McGeever and Rosie Benton acting as understudies.

2008 Awards:
Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Actor in a Play, Ben Daniels (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Scott Pask (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Costume Design of a Play, Katrina Lindsay (winner)
Tony Award, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Don Holder (nominee)
Theatre World Award, Ben Daniels (winner)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Costume Design, Katrina Lindsay (winner)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play, Scott Pask (winner)
Set in artistocratic 18th century France and based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals and former lovers, who use seduction as a weapon in an elaborate game of dominance and ultimately degradation.  Part-bet and part-challenge, Valmont determines to seduce the virtuous Madame de Tourvel, while the Marquise de Merteuil sets out to corrupt the virginal young Cécile de Volanges, who is betrothed to Merteuil's ex-lover; their elaborate sexual schemes and machinations, some successful and some not, ultimately turn on them to the destruction of all involved.

Christopher Hampton's adaptation of the novel premiered in London's West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1987 with the same stars, Alan Rickman as Valmont and Lindsay Duncan as Merteuil. 
Production Files span two Hollinger boxes containing 20 folders, one Playbill, and marketing flyers.

Digital holdings on the Archive 1 server include the following folders:
Costume Design (Archives-produced scans of the costume bible)
Costume Images (Archives-produced jpeg photos of the lace nightgown costume in the collection)
Education (Pdf file of the study guide)
Media (B-roll footage, audio footage of interviews with Rick Sordelet, Rufus Norris, Laura Linney and Katrina Lindsay; jpeg photos of events such as opening night, Hiptix, Out at Roundabout, etc)
Playbill (26 jpeg scans)
Press (Archives-scanned selects)
Production Photographs (Captioned selects only)
Show Art

Unlike other productions, there seems to be no related collection of Marketing materials.  Contracts, visa information for Ben Daniels, and other confidential information has been moved to the Contracts cabinets and access is restricted. There is a second copy of the cast/family photo in the Photographs cabinets.

The Archives holds one costume in the collection, Mamie Gummer's nightgown as Cecile; photographs of the piece are on the Archive 1 server.
Access Restrictions: Open and available to approved researchers by appointment only. See folder details for specific restrictions.
Preferred Citation: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 2008, Roundabout Theatre Company Archive
Related Staged Production

Liaisons Dangereuses, Les

This box contains the following folders:
Author's Agreement
Artistic Management
Rehearsal Reports
Performance Reports
House Reports
House Seats
Opening Night
Awards and Tony Voters
This box contains the following folders:
Casting Sessions
Costume Design
Set Design
Flame Permits
Lighting Design
Master Script
Calling Script
Blocking Script