Reviewed by Monica on 11 Aug 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Zola's only well known play? Therese Raquin is recognised as one of the best psychological thrillers! But on its appearance, Therese Raquin caused a storm: it was placed on the Papal Index of works Catholics were not permitted to read and was variously described as pornography, a quagmire of slime and blood, a sewer, garbage. Undoubtedly still a passionate tale of adultery, murder and retribution - yet described by Zola as "a slice of life thrown on the stage without embellishment or artifice" - this is a chilling and dramatic adaptation, laced with wit, of what is now a hugely popular novel.