Novels Inspire London's National Season | Playbill

News Novels Inspire London's National Season
Two novel-to-stage adaptations, Emile Zola's Therese Raquin and Virginia Woolf's Waves, will be featured in the Royal National Theatre's forthcoming winter season.

Nicholas Wright's new version of Zola's gory tale about murder and guilt, originally adapted by the author, will begin previews on the Lyttleton stage Nov. 4. Directed by Marianne Elliot, Therese Raquin will officially open Nov. 13.

That's followed at the National's Cottesloe Theatre by Katie Mitchell's production of Woolf’s Waves, which opens Nov. 13 following previews that begin Nov. 8.

In Marianne Elliott's production of Therese Raquin, Ben Daniels (Iphigenia at Aulis, Three Sisters and All My Sons at the National, and God of Hell at the Donmar) will play Laurent, the lover of Thérèse (yet to be cast) whose sickly husband is Laurent's best friend.

Devised from Woolf's book, Waves is billed as a multi-media interpretation of Woolf's groundbreaking literary experiment, described as "a fragmented and dreamlike tale of friendship, loss, identity and love."

And yet another adaptation from a novel returns to the National's Olivier stage when Helen Edmundson’s version of Jamila Gavin’s book Coram Boy starts performances on Nov. 29. Producers Bob Boyett and Bill Haber will, it's been reported, take Melly Still's production to New York in 2007. Boyett and Haber struck box-office and Tony gold with the Broadway transfer of the National’s The History Boys. Public booking for November productions at the National opens Sept. 7. For more information call (0)7452 3400.

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