Broadway Season

Spotlight on: "Thérèse Raquin"

Keira Knightley made her Broadway debut in a new adaptation of the novel by Émile Zola.


Based on the novel by Émile Zola, Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson is a tale of love, lust, betrayal and guilt. A quiet young woman with a restless spirit, Thérèse (Keira Knightley) submits to a loveless life at the side of her weak and selfish husband (past Tony Award-winner Gabriel Ebert), and her controlling mother-in-law (two-time past Tony-winner Judith Light)…until she meets his childhood friend, Laurent (Matt Ryan). When their overwhelming passion spins violently out of control, they realize that love can be a dangerous game, and sometimes there is no winner.


  • Thérèse Raquin has previously been adapted for the stage in many different versions, including one by Zola himself. It has been filmed at least a dozen times, and there are at least two operas based on the novel.
  • The novel was also the basis for the 2001 Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not, with a Tony-nominated score by Harry Connick, Jr.


Emile Zola’s classic novel was published in France in 1867. This adaptation was first produced at the Theatre Royal in Bath, in the United Kingdom.


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