The cast: Janet McTeer as the Marguise de Merteuil was absolutely fabulous and flawless in the role, Dominic West as Valmont also great but he could have used just a bit more charming sexiness and a little less languidity, Elaine Cassidy - Madame de Tourvel - just a bit over the top for my tastes but then again I have never liked anyone's version of this particular character. Morfydd Clark did a nice job of playing 15 year old teenager Cecile, and I had no complaints about Edward Holcroft's young Chevalier except maybe he should have been prettier but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and has nothing to do with one's acting abilities right?
I reallly like this play but could never live in this time period. It's fascinating what the aristocracy got away with, their decadence and their perversions make me cringe on the one had but also I can't tear my eyes away. Since watching the French TV series Versailles and reading the book The Red Necklace, I have found a new interest in Louis the XIV - Louis the XVI periods of French history. (Interesting but little known fact is that Dominic West who plays Valmont bought the movie options to the Red Necklace from Sally Gardner - she mentioned this on her website a year or two ago at least).
It's a good play so see it live if you can or on the big screen if you can't make it to London, UK. If you're shy about sexuality then I'd avoid it altogether...just sayin'