Although Adam Cooper and Sarah Wildor finish their limited season in Cooper’s own dance-drama adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (pictured) at London’s 1,500-seat Sadler’s Wells this weekend (See News, 10 Mar 2005), the former Royal Ballet principals will be back on stage soon – starring in a play together for the first time. In a major casting coup, Sevenoaks Playhouse in Kent has secured the couple to star in a new production of Australian Peta Murray’s 1991 two-hander Wallflowering, which will run for just 14 performances, from 29 September to 22 October 2005, in the theatre’s 120-seat studio.

The real-life husband and wife will play husband and wife Peg and Cliff in Murray’s comedy about love, marriage and ballroom dancing. Their foxtrot is fantastic, their tango terrific – but can they dance to the same rhythm towards happiness? The play includes short dance sequences, which counterpoint the scenes.

Since their earlier Royal Ballet careers, both Cooper and Wildor had success with Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures (most notably for Wildor with the lead in Cinderella and for Cooper as the lead Swan in the all-male Swan Lake) and they also co-starred in the Rodgers and Hart musical On Your Toes. Independently, Wildor’s credits include the West End production of dance musical Contact and the play Frankenstein at Derby Playhouse, while Cooper both choreographed and starred in Singin’ in the Rain at Sadler’s Wells and choreographed the Donmar Warehouse revival of Grand Hotel.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses - in which Cooper plays Vicomte de Valmont with Wildor as his virtuous conquest, Madame de Tourvel – is the first offering from the star’s own company, Adam Cooper Productions. The couple are expected to reprise their roles in the dance drama for an international tour and potential second London season (See The Goss, 21 Jul 2005).

Wallflowering is only the fourth in-house production in the newly relaunched Sevenoaks Playhouse. It follows revivals of The Turn of the Screw, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and The Wind in the Willows. A theatre spokesperson told that Cooper and Wildor had approached the theatre when they learned about the project.

Sevenoaks artistic director Julian Woolford, who will direct Wallflowering, commented: “I am thrilled that Adam and Sarah have agreed to take part in this play. I have long admired their work, and as we have only been operating as a professional producing theatre for a year, it is a major coup for us to have secured them. This will be a chance to see Adam and Sarah as you have never seen them before – and much more up close and personal than is normally possible.”

- by Terri Paddock