Posted by Caroline Lofts

A story of paralysing passion…

Following the sell-out success of its workshop as part of Vibrant 2012 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and as part of the Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series, the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the classic French novel Thérèse Raquin opens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week run, opening Tuesday, 25 March 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 7.30pm), starring Julie Atherton, Ben Lewis and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo.

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.

Tuesday, 25 March – Saturday, 19 April 2014
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Thursday matinees at 3.00pm (from Thursday 3 
April 2014). Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from Saturday 5 April 2014).
Prices for Weeks One and Two (25 March – 5 April 2014) – Tickets £16, £14 concessions, except Tuesday 
Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats. Previews (25 and 26 March) £12 all seats. 
£10 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only. 
£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 29 March 2014 when booked 
Prices for Weeks Three and Four (8 April – 19 April 2014) – Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday 
Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
Performance Length: Approximately two and a half hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.
Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at


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