1860s Paris. In a small dusty haberdasher’s shop near the Seine in the dank, narrow Passage du Pont Neuf, the young and beautiful Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. While her husband is out all day working, Thérèse spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and – every Thursday evening – watching her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin, play dominoes with an eclectic group of ne’er-do-wells.
Until the Thursday evening that her husband Camille brings an old friend to the party – the alluring Laurent – and she embarks on an illicit affair that leads Thérèse to abandon all her inhibitions and loyalties as their brutal and overwhelming passion overturns both their lives and has results that nobody could have foreseen…
In keeping with the innovative and challenging nature of Emile Zola’s original work, this radical new musical adaptation uses music and lyrics to heighten and distil the underlying themes, featuring a company of 12 actors playing 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.
Thérèse Raquin is adapted by Nona Sheppard, with music by Craig Adams, and book and lyrics by Nona Sheppard, who also directs. The cast is led by Julie Atherton as Thérèse, Jeremy Legat as Camille, Greg Barnett as Laurent and Tara Hugo as Madame Raquin.
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