Libertine Theatre endeavour to produce the very best in provocative, evocative and creative interpretations of English Renaissance, Jacobean, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama. Be it comedy, farce, tragedy, City, country, satire or melodrama, we aim to invigorate plays and audiences with new perspectives on classic texts and current affairs.
Incorporating well-loved favourites, such as 'Twelfth Night' and 'As You Like It', with 'The Revenger's Tragedy' and 'Edward II', and 'The Alchemist' with 'A Chaste Maid in Cheapside', we intend to expand existing audiences and develop a whole new theatre audience who may not have experienced live performances of wonderful, but little-known plays before.
Our experiences in studying and producing theatre will also be shared with the wider public. Through workshops, events, outreach projects, and education development projects, we desire to share and foster an understanding, respect and love for these challenging yet rewarding plays.
We look forward to meeting you at one of our performances or activities.
Our inaugural production comprises of a pleasing pair of 17th Century dramatic duologues, examining the debate about where individuality lies: are we remembered for being who we think we are, or who we are perceived by others to be? In 'Quintessence of Dust', Hamlet, orphaned Prince of Denmark, trapped in limbo, deliberates his decisions and actions, whilst his conclusions are constantly challenged from purgatory by Ophelia. During 'Incomplete Satisfaction', John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, and his beloved-nemesis, Aphra Behn, debate the delights and dangers of romantic, monarchical and religious devotion. Some audience reaction to our inaugural performances: ‘...intimate and daring...’ George, Keynsham. ‘...What a night you are transported to...’ Kate, Newport. ‘...I didn’t understand Hamlet before, now I do...’, Huw, Plymouth. ‘...astounding...’ Kat, Bristol. ‘...I feel thoroughly debauched...’ Ian, Southville.