By Mark Shenton
17 Apr 2014
Featuring book and lyrics by Nona Sheppard (who also directs) and music by Craig Adams, it is described in press materials as a story of paralyzing passion.
Set in 19th century Paris, it revolves around Madame Raquin and her beautiful niece Thérèse, whom Madame Raquin has married off to her sickly son Camille in a loveless match. While he is out working, Thérèse serves in a haberdasher's shop near the Seine, 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" was Zola's first major work, originally published in serial format in 1867 and then, due to its huge popularity, in book format in 1868. In 1873, Zola adapted the novel into a play, although it did not receive its London première until 1891 due to the Lord Chamberlain's censorship. Both the novel and the play have been seen in many stage, screen, television and radio adaptations including a 2013 Hollywood film.
The production is designed by Laura Cordery with lighting by Neil Fraser. Thérèse Raquin was developed as part of Finborough Theatre's Celebrating British Music Theatre series.
Casting is still to be announced.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7870 6876, or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk.