Thérèse Raquin (adapt. Edmunson)

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Helen Edmundson from an original work by Émile Zola

DOI: 10.5040/9781784603281.00000002
Acts: 4. Scenes: 32. Roles: Male (4) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Helen Edmundson's stage adaptation of Émile Zola's 1867 novel Thérèse Raquin was first performed in the Main House at the Theatre Royal Bath on 7 August 2014 (previews from 30 July). It was premiered on Broadway at Studio 54 in October 2015, in a production starring Keira Knightley.

The play opens in France 1868, in a village house on the Seine. The beautiful Thérèse is inveigled by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin, into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. Every Thursday evening she watches Madame Raquin play dominoes, until one day her husband brings along an old friend, the alluring and athletic Laurent. As Laurent and Thérèse embark on an illicit affair, a turbulent passion is unleashed that drives them ultimately to violence and murder.

The Theatre Royal Bath production was directed by Jonathan Munby and designed by Mike Britton. The cast was Desmond Barrit, Kieran Bew (as Laurent), Michael Mears, Charlotte Mills, Pippa Nixon (as Thérèse), Hugh Skinner (as Camille), Alison Steadman (as Madame Raquin), Lynsey Beauchamp, Christopher Bianchi, Simon Carroll-Jones and Jennifer Jackson.

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Nick Hern Books

Helen Edmundson from an original work by Émile Zola

ISBN: 9781848424111

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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