Thérèse Raquin, the first production of RTC's 50th anniversary season, will begin previews Oct. 1, 2015, prior to an official opening Oct. 29.
Evan Cabnet (The Performers, Off-Broadway's The Dream of the Burning Boy) will direct Edmundson's new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin, which was commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company.
Knightley made her West End theatrical debut in Martin Crimp's translation of Molière's comedy The Misanthrope, staged by Thea Sharrock at the Comedy Theatre in London (Olivier Award nomination and Evening Standard Award nomination for The Natasha Richardson Award For Best Actress). In January 2011, she returned to the Comedy Theatre and starred in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, staged by Ian Rickson. Knightley will next be seen in cinemas opposite Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell in "Laggies," set for release Oct. 24, and opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," set for release Nov. 21.
Here's how it's billed: "In this tale of love, lust, betrayal, and guilt, Thérèse has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when her world is turned upside down by Laurent walking through the door. Unable to ignore their passion, the pair sets off on a violent path that may have far worse consequences for the perpetrators than for the victims."
The full cast and design team will be announced at a later date. RTC's 50th anniversary season also includes the New York debut of Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam's The Humans, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, Off-Broadway in fall 2015.
Thérèse Raquin will be part of the 2015-16 season, which will go on sale for subscription renewal in early 2015.