Date: 18 August 2008 23:00 - 06 September 2008 23:00
Location: London
Category:  Performing Arts

Norwegian realisation of Zola's 'Thérèse Raquin'

The Norwegian Alexander Zwart is producing and acting in a new production of 'Thérèse Raquin' by Émile Zola at The Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. 

Together with Montmiral Productions, Alexander Zwart has commissioned a new translation of the play by Pauline McLynn. This sinister ghost story will once again be brought to life by impressive and atmospheric staging!

The inspiration for Thérèse Raquin came from the following story: a married woman had an affair with her husband’s best friend and then plotted to murder her husband with the help of her lover. Once the murder had taken place, the lovers were free to marry but their love soon turned to hate as they blamed each other for their crime until they eventually killed themselves leaving a signed confession behind.

Zola was fascinated by this story, which he came across when working as a journalist in 1866, and he used it as the basis to write what was to become his best-selling novel 'Thérèse Raquin'. The novel is a portrayal of Parisian petty bourgeois life in the late 19th century and the darker, hidden elements of that society and Zola subsequently turned the novel into a play. Seemingly a love story at the start, the dramatic brilliance of the play, however, lies in its slow descent into the murky depths of murder, guilt and revenge.

Zola’s ‘detached and scientific’ approach to the characters he created is considered to be an example of naturalism, of which he was a self-proclaimed leader. His work inspired writers like Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg as he based his stories around the characters psychological attributes.

Montmiral Productions is also currently working on developing a full-length theatre production of the Norwegian short story 'A Woman’s Triumph' written by Knut Hamsun which will be performed in London in 2009.

'Thérèse Raquin'
19 August – 7 September
Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Sundays 6pm 
Riverside Studios in Hammersmith

Tickets: £15 (Concessions £12.50 / Previews £10), available by telephone 020 8237 1111 or online, click here.


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