Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
To Make Her Broadway Debut
As “Madame de Tourvel” in
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
15-Week Limited Engagement at the Booth Theatre
Performances begin October 8, 2016 & Opening Night is October 30, 2016
Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Pitch Perfect 2, “Vinyl”) will make her Broadway debut as “Madame de Tourvel” alongside Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber in the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. Ms. Sørensen previously appeared on the Donmar stage in Ms. Rourke’s 2014 production of Coriolanus opposite Tom Hiddleston.
“Birgitte is one of the most magnetic, sensual and intelligent actors I've ever worked with and the idea of introducing her to New York audiences, and to Broadway is tremendously exciting,” said Josie Rourke. “It’s thrilling to have an American, an English and a Danish actor as the central love triangle of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and I am delighted that Birgitte is going to bring her fine sensibility and unique talent to that trio.”
Les Liaisons Dangereuses begins performances on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and will open on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St). This is a 15-week only engagement through Sunday, January 22, 2017. Tickets are now available through Telecharge.com and by calling 212-239-6200 and in person at the Booth Theatre box office. Group bookings are currently available through Telecharge.com Group Sales at 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780.
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
As previously announced, Janet McTeer will play “La Marquise de Merteuil,” Liev Schreiber will play “Le Vicomte de Valmont” and Mary Beth Peil will play “Madame de Rosemonde.” Additional casting will be announced soon.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover.
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, in 1985, Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation became an award-winning sensation in London’s West End and on Broadway, followed by the Academy Award-winning film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. Josie Rourke’s acclaimed production transfers to Broadway after a sold-out engagement at London’s Donmar Warehouse which ended earlier this year and starred Janet McTeer. The production received two Olivier Award nominations for Best Revival and Best Actress for Ms. McTeer.
Former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont compete in games of seduction and revenge. These merciless aristocrats toy with the hearts and reputations of innocents. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel.
The creative team includes Tom Scutt (Set & Costume Designs), Mark Henderson (Lighting Design), Carolyn Downing (Sound Design), Michael Bruce (Composer), Campbell Young (Hair, Wigs & Makeup), and Arthur Pita (Movement Director). Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting (US) and Alastair Coomer CDG (UK). The Production Stage Manager is Jane Grey. General Management by 101 Productions, Ltd.
Here is some of the critical acclaim for Josie Rourke’s production at the Donmar:
“THEATRE AT ITS MOST SEDUCTIVE AND SINISTER.” (Evening Standard)
“Has there ever been a better stage adaptation of a novel than this? Josie Rourke’s revival is AN EVENING TO RICHLY SAVOUR.” (Guardian)
“HEADY AND INTOXICATING.” (Telegraph)
“A SUMPTUOUS EVENING. Josie Rourke’s production is LUSH. Janet McTeer is ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT.” (The Times of London)
“Josie Rourke’s revival is INTIMATE, STEAMY. A beautifully costumed, handsome, hothouse world, draped with shimmering silver organza, lit by flickering candles and twinkling, smoky-glassed candelabra. SEXY AND SOPHISTICATED.” (Daily Mail / Sunday)
“Marvel all over again at the BRILLIANCE OF CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON’S ADAPTATION. Josie Rourke has given us a Liaisons Dangereuses to relish: FUNNY, MOVING AND UNCOMFORTABLY PROVOCATIVE.” (Sunday Times)
About Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen came to international prominence in 2010 playing the role of journalist Katrine Fønsmark in the award winning series “Borgen.” She was nominated for both a Robert Award and the 2013 Golden Nymph award at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival for her role in the series. “Borgen” has been sold to over 70 countries, making it the most successful exported Danish TV series to date. Most recently, Birgitte completed production on the thriller 3 Things opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and earlier this year she was seen in HBO’s rock ‘n’ roll drama “Vinyl.” In the spring of 2015, Birgitte appeared in season five of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and that summer appeared in Universal Studios’ Pitch Perfect 2. While studying at the prestigious Danish National School of Theatre in 2005, Birgitte made her television debut in the thrilling crime drama “The Eagle.” Her other TV credits include BBC Three’s “Bluestone 42” and “Marple: Endless Night.” Her feature film credits include Autómata, Someone You Love (Best Actress at the Festroia International Film Festival, Bodil Award nomination), The Prize Idiot, Julie, Marie Krøyer (Robert Award nomination), At World’s End (Zulu & Robert Award nominations for Best Actress), The Candidate and Anja & Viktor – I medgang og modgang. On stage, she has received critical acclaim for her performances as Roxie Hart in Chicago (both at Copenhagen’s Det Ny Teater and London’s Cambridge Theatre) and, most recently, as Virgilia opposite Tom Hiddleston in Josie Rourke’s production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse.