Mainstage Season

Photos by David Lowes

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

November 10–26, 2016

By Christopher Hampton
In English, based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos

Presented by our Anniversary Alumni Sponsor
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This award-winning play, adapted into the Oscar-winning film Dangerous Liaisons, tells a chilling tale of love and revenge played as a high-stakes game of life and death. The Marquise de Merteuil is a powerful player in French aristocracy who manipulates the lives of others for sport. She challenges her former lover Valmont to prove his seductive powers, and an innocent bride-to-be and the virtuous Madame de Tourvel get caught in the middle. But while these aristocrats sabotage others’ hearts and reputations, their own prove to be even more fragile.

Watch the video trailer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Director Fran Gebhard*
Set Designer Barbara Clerihue                
Costume Designer Graham McMonagle
Lighting Designer Eryn Griffifth
Sound Designer Aidan Dunsmuir
Vocal Coach Linda Hardy
Fight Director Jacques Lemay**
Stage Manager Anna Anderson


Julien Bruce Danceny 
Sophie Chappell Female Servant
Aidan CorreiaValmont
Alexa D’Archangelo Rosemonde
Kieran Dunch Male Servant/Fight Captain   
Brendan Elwell Major Domo
Michelle Fortier Female Servant
Sheldon Graham Azolan
Adriana Marchand Merteuil                                                                                         
Jessie Johnston Madame Volanges                                                
Emma Grabinsky Cécile Volanges                                   
Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes Tourvel                                                                         
Emma Leck Emilie                                                                            

Note: Mature subject matter. Appropriate for ages 16+

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

* Appears with permission of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association.

** The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actor's Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.

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Preshow Lecture

Missed the preshow lecture? Click below to listen online to faculty member and director Fran Gebhard and costume designer and MFA student Graham McMonagle talk about the process of collaborating on the development of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

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Media Reviews

  • Times Colonist: 4 STARS! "Les Liaisons Dangereuses a bona fide coup"

    "This visually splendid University of Victoria theatre department production is a bona fide coup for the creative team"

    " The play’s look is exquisitely pale and beautiful... Graham McMonagle’s 18th-century costumes are detailed and lovely. Barbara Clerihue’s subtly lit set is simple and sophisticated..."

    "...those in the key roles did well on Friday night. This is impressive for a student cast, especially given the complexity of these characters..."

    "... all the actors move with utmost decorum, holding their arms just so, flipping the tails of jackets with the greatest of elegance."
  • Janis LaCouvee Theatre Blogger

    "Les Liaisons Dangeureuses is a surprisingly relevant and brilliant set piece that comes to life under the inspired direction of director Gebhard; throughout the emphasis is on language—its implications, nuances and deliberate capacity to beguile and wound—and gesture—the exquisite flip of a coat tail, the firm flutter of a fan, the careful placement of a card."
  • Nexus Newspaper

    "The love affair started the moment I walked into the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre and saw the set; my heart broke the moment Les Liaisons Dangereuses ended.

    Le Vicomte de Valmont, played by Aidan Correia, is a recognizable fiend that is very prevalent, even today. I love to hate absolutely everything about him... But there is nothing but love for La Marquise de Merteuil, played by Adriana Marchand. Even when she is conniving and cruel, she states the reasons why concisely and powerfully, leaving no doubts as to what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world."

    "I’ve never seen a production that so closely resembled a dance. I highly recommend seeing Les Liaisons Dangereuses; it’s so good that I intend to go to it again."
  • CBC Radio: On the Island.
    David Lennam reviewer (not currently posted online)

    This is a great production... It looks good, it sounds good, and the heightened reality, the hyper-staged reality of it all, the diction, the reserve of emotion, the plotting. Wow."

    But let’s reserve the bulk of the praise to an outstanding cast of young university actors who have the audacity to think they know enough about love — and dangerous love at that — to so beautifully pull this off like they were seasoned courtiers schooled in Machiavellian deviousness.

    That they are not much more than kids makes their ability to command these difficult, emotionally mature roles that much more remarkable.
    Director Gebhard has put in some fine work fine-tuning their relationship, honing it to an icy, ugly sensuality that can only end badly.

    It is degradation on a grand scale. Yet intimately contained. And set against the decadence of the French aristocracy just pre-Revolution. A lot of bored, rich people with bad intent, grooving on their own perversions and not caring who gets trampled underfoot… or, more appropriately, under loin.... Exquisite. Like a dessert that has so many calories you know it’s going to kill you, but you eat it anyway."

Video Trailer