Stifled by an oppressive mother-in-law and a sickly husband, Thérèse Raquin falls passionately for another man. Their feverish affair drives the lovers to an act of terrible desperation, which catapults them headlong into a world more claustrophobic than the one they sought to destroy. The production continues in rep in the NT Lyttelton until 21 February 2007.
Some first night critics were underwhelmed by the power of the stage production compared to Zola’s original 1867 novel and divided about the merits of the performances of the two leads. However, they were impressed by many of Elliott’s inspired directorial touches and the performances, including the supporting cast, and none could deny the intrigue of the plot.
- by Caroline Ansdell