Following a sell-out run at Finborough Theatre, where it continues until Saturday 19 April, a new musical adaptation of Émile Zola’s classic French novel Thérèse Raquinwill transfer to Park200 at Park Theatre for a limited 4 week run from Wednesday 30 July 2014
19th Century Paris. Behind the counter of a small dusty haberdasher’s shop near the Seine sit Madame Raquin and her beautiful niece Thérèse, whom she has married off to her sickly son Camille in a loveless match. While he is out working, Thérèse serves in the shop, the monotony only broken on Thursday nights when Madame plays dominoes with a strange assortment of old friends. One such Thursday, Camille brings a childhood friend to the party – the bluff and attractive Laurent – who inspires such passion in Thérèse that she abandons all her inhibitions and her loyalties. This brutal and overwhelming passion overturns all their lives, with consequences nobody could have foreseen.
Thérèse Raquin is produced by Theatre Bench, launched by Jim Zalles in October 2012 to support the development of new works in theatre and dance. Theatre Bench co-produced the world premiere of Craig Adams and Ian Watson’s LIFT at Soho Theatre in February 2013, which was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award, and produced the one man show Our Friends The Enemy at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, along with several standalone cabarets at the St James Studio Theatre. More recent projects include the sold-out hit play Carthage at Finborough Theatre, Drunk at the Bridewell Theatre (a co-production with the McOnie Company) and Shadowthief, a dance theatre piece from composer Craig Adams and choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves which will have its world premiere at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival.
Thérèse Raquin has Music by Craig Adams and Book and Lyrics by Nona Shepphard. It is Directed by Nona Shepphard and Designed by Laura Cordery with Lighting by Neil Fraser. Thérèse Raquin was developed as part of Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series. First performed at the Finborough Theatre, London. Neil McPherson, Artistic Director.
Casting for the transfer has yet to be announced.
Photo: Darren Bell