Just In! Passion and Danger Ensue in First Pics of Keira Knightley in Thérèse Raquin

News   Just In! Passion and Danger Ensue in First Pics of Keira Knightley in Thérèse Raquin Thérèse Raquin began performances at Studio 54 Oct. 1. Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut.

Directed by Evan Cabnet, the production will officially open Oct. 29.

The cast is headed by Academy and Golden Globe nominee Keira Knightley (Thérèse), who is making her Broadway debut alongside Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert (Camille), Matt Ryan (Laurent) and two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light (Madame Raquin).

Also in the cast are David Patrick Kelly, Jeff Still, Mary Wiseman, Glynis Bell, Alex Mickiewicz, Sara Topham and Ray Virta.

This new adaptation was commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company. "A quiet young woman with a restless spirit, Thérèse (Knightley) submits to a loveless life at the side of her weak and selfish husband played by Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda), and her controlling mother-in-law, played by two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light (The Assembled Parties)…until she meets his childhood friend Laurent played by Matt Ryan ('Constantine')," according to press notes. "When their overwhelming passion spins violently out of control, they realize that love can be a dangerous game, and sometimes there is no winner."

What attracted her to theatre? "I mean, that's what I wanted to do. My mom is a playwright, my dad was a theatre actor. I grew up going to their rehearsal rooms, and I grew up going to a lot of theatre," she said. "The way of things, because acting isn't necessarily a job that you can really plan, I just happened to get film and television work, and I didn't happen to do any theatre. And then, once you're on that road, you just keep going and keep going and keep going."

The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Keith Parham (lighting), Josh Schmidt (sound), Tom Watson (hair and wigs) and J. David Brimmer (fight director).

Tickets are available online at RoundaboutTheatre.org, by calling (212) 719-1300 or at the Studio 54 box office (254 West 54th Street).

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