The actor, who died on Thursday (14Jan16) after a battle with cancer, landed his big break in a 1985 London production of the show, adapted from the novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

The production later transferred to Broadway and won Rickman a coveted Tony Award nomination, paving the way for the actor's Hollywood breakthrough in 1988 blockbuster Die Hard.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is back on stage in London with The Affair's Dominic West and Janet MCTeer in the cast, and on Friday (15Jan16), the actor dedicated the performance to Rickman.

After the curtain fell, MCTeer gave a speech remembering Rickman, and dedicated the performance to his memory.

Josie Rourke, artistic director of London theatre The Donmar Warehouse where the show is running, tells the London Evening Standard, "Janet knew Alan. She just stepped forward and said a few words and dedicated the performance to him. It seemed fitting to remember him as a great man of the British theatre."