Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thérèse Raquin transfers to Park Theatre

It has been announced that Thérèse Raquin will transfer to the Park Theatre (Park200) following its sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre. The production opens on Tuesday 5th August (previews from 30th July) and runs until Sunday 24th August 2014.

The new musical is adapted from the classic French novel of the same name. Thérèse Raquin has music by Craig Adams and book and lyrics by Nona Shepphard who also directs. The Finborough cast is led by Julie Atherton, Ben Lewis, Jeremy Legat and Tara Hugo, but casting is to be confirmed for the transfer.

The show is designed by Laura Cordery with lighting by Neil FraserThérèse Raquin was developed as part of Finborough Theatre's acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series.

19th Century Paris. Behind the counter of a small dusty haberdasher’s shop near the Seine in the dank, narrow Passage du Pont Neuf, sit Madame Raquin and her beautiful niece Thérèse whom she has married off to her sickly son Camille in a loveless match. While he is out working, Thérèse serves in the shop and the monotony is only broken on Thursday nights, when Madame plays dominoes with a strange assortment of old friends.

On one such Thursday, Camille brings a childhood friend to the party - the bluff and attractive Laurent. He inspires such an incredibly powerful passion in Thérèse that she abandons all her inhibitions and her loyalties. This brutal and overwhelming passion overturns all their lives and has results nobody could have foreseen.

In keeping with the innovative and challenging nature of the original work, this radical new musical adaptation uses music and lyrics to heighten and distil the underlying themes. It features a company of twelve who play the main roles of Thérèse, Laurent, Camille and Madame Raquin, as well as their Thursday night domino playing companions and a watchful and distrustful chorus.

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