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John Malkovich directs Dangerous Liaisons on stage

3 February 2012 8:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Almost 25 years after he played the Vicomte de Valmont in Stephen Frears's film, Malkovich directs a French-language version of Christopher Hampton's play in Paris

In 1988, John Malkovich donned a periwig to play the predatory Vicomte de Valmont in Stephen Frears's film Dangerous Liaisons. Almost 25 years later, the actor has stepped into the director's shoes with a French language version of the original play in Paris.

Malkovich's production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses – itself an adaptation of a novel by Choderlos de Laclos – retains traces of period costume, but gives the play several modern twists, with the characters' letter-writing replaced by texts and tweets. "We're doing a kind of mix between the 18th century and now," Malkovich told Agence France-Presse.

Rehearsals began in November, before the production opened at the Théàtre de l'Atelier in the Latin Quarter of the French capital in January, where it is booking until 30 June. »

- Matt Trueman

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