Description - Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
A story of lust, madness and destruction set within the backstreets of Paris. Based on Emile Zola's classic novel. The beautiful but doomed heroine is married off according to her aunt's wishes, trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. Every Thursday evening she watches her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin, play dominos...until one day her husband brings along an old friend, the alluring and athletic Laurent. As the two embark on an illicit affair, a turbulent passion is unleashed that drives them ultimately to violence and murder. Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Therese Raquin premiered at the Theatre Royal, Bath, in July 2014.
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Author Biography - Emile Zola
Emile Zola (1840-1902) is one of the best-known 19th-century novelists, famous for his espousal of Naturalism. Apart from Therese Raquin, his many novels include Nana (1880), about a slum-girl turned courtesan to the bourgeoisie, and Germinal (1885), a grim portrait of a mining community. Often accused of pornography, his aim was to 'tell it like it is', and his reputation is much higher now than in his lifetime. Nicholas Wright's most recent theatre work is the phenomenally successful adaptation of His Dark Materials. His Vincent in Brixton won rave reviews and the Olivier Award for Best Play. Earlier work includes the West End hits, Cressida, with Michael Gambon, and Mrs Klein. Other adaptations include Naked with Juliette Binoche, Lulu with Anna Friel and Three Sisters at the National. All are published by NHB.