Therese Raquin

by Èmile Zola Adapted by Nona Shepphard Music by Craig Adams Book & Lyrics by Nona Shepphard

"Good Lord! Will Park Theatre ever stage a bad show? If the latest offering of Theatre Bench’s new adaptation of Emile Zola’s turn-of-the-century classic, Thérése Raquin is anything to go by, probably not. A dark and pulsating musical set in Victorian Paris, the show follows the repressed Thérése as she breaks out from her dull little life and embarks on a passionate affair that eventually leads to her downfall."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ West End Wilma

“An intense and accomplished take on Emile Zola’s tightly wound 1867 novel of adultery and damnation in Paris.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Evening Standard 

“Visceral, darkly imaginative… Craig Adams's complex, eloquent score pulls you in with the bold unpredictability of its questing melodic lines and twisted harmonic textures.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Independent

“Shepphard directs her own adaptation with exhilarating precision, building the tension between the genteel constraint of Mme Raquin’s “snuggy little home” and the violent passions it contains to a pitch of unbearable intensity… Zola would approve.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Daily Telegraph

“..adapted for the stage with economical precision by Nona Shepphard, and given a score of insinuating musical breadth that allows the compacted, conflicting emotions within the story to sing… A genuinely original, one-of-a-kind British musical.”
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