Spring Season 2014 | February - May 2014


by Émile Zola
Music by Craig Adams. Book and Lyrics by Nona Shepphard.

Tuesday, 25 March – Saturday, 19 April 2014

The World Premiere of a new musical adaptation


Park Theatre, Park200, Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP
30 July – 24 August 2014

Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.00pm

Tickets: £19.50, £16 (Concessions), £15 (Previews), £12 (Tuesdays for Residents with North London postcodes and Under 25s)

www.parktheatre.co.uk | 02078706876

“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.

1860s Paris. In a small dusty haberdasher’s shop near the Seine in the dank, narrow Passage du Pont Neuf, the young and beautiful Thérèse Raquin is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille.

While her husband is out all day working, Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and - every Thursday evening - watching her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin, play dominoes with an eclectic group of ne'er-do-wells.

Until the Thursday evening that her husband Camille brings an old friend to the party – the alluring Laurent – and she embarks on an illicit affair that leads Thérèse to abandon all her inhibitions and loyalties as their brutal and overwhelming passion overturns both their lives and has results that 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, featuring a company of twelve actors, playing the main roles of Therese, Laurent, Camille and Madame Raquin, as well as their Thursday night domino playing companions and a watchful and distrustful chorus.


Émile Zola (1840–1902) was a novelist, playwright and journalist, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in his renowned letter J'accuse. Zola was nominated for both the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.


Thérèse Raquin was Zola's first major work, originally published in serial format in 1867 the journal L'Artiste and – due to its huge and immediate popularity – in book format in 1868, gaining additional publicity when critic Louis Ulbach called the book "putrid". In 1873, Zola adapted the novel into a play, although it did not receive its London première until 1891, due to the Lord Chamberlain's censorship. Both the novel and the play have been seen in many stage, screen, television and radio adaptations including a 2013 Hollywood film.


Nona Shepphard (Book, Lyrics and Direction) began her theatrical career as an actor at the Liverpool Playhouse, as a director at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, and wrote her first play for the Chester Gateway Theatre. Since then, she has worked freelance as a writer and director for many companies both in the UK and abroad, with over a hundred and fifty productions and forty commissioned plays to her credit. Nona is Associate Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Creative Director of RADA Enterprises, and International Consultant at the Lir Academy in Dublin. This year, she has created two new pieces of work – You in Mid Air at Circus Space and Dreams and Cigarettes at the Alpbach Forum in Austria - and directed Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Arabian Nights, Scenes from the Big Picture and High Society in London and Dublin.


Craig Adams (Music) is a composer, lyricist, and arranger. He was Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at the Finborough Theatre, facilitated by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network UK. Craig’s first musical Lift, developed in association with Perfect Pitch, received its world premiere at Soho Theatre earlier this year and is now being licenced around the world with an Off-Broadway run in November. Other writing includes DEFECT (as part of Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights at the Finborough Theatre), Ghosts Of The Past (YMT:UK), Ballet People (The Place), Battlements (Vanbrugh Theatre), The Watchers (YMT:UK), Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre), Spell, The Frog Prince (Wimbledon Studio Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), Alice in Wonderland (Edinburgh Festival and tour). As an arranger and musical director, Craig has worked on hundreds of shows and albums for Kerry Ellis, Louise Dearman and Julie Atherton amongst many otehrs. He is currently working an adaptation of the Terry Pratchett novel Soul Music for YMT, and a dance piece based on acclaimed children’s book Bob Robber and Dancing Jane entitled Shadowthief which will premiere in summer 2014. www.craigadamsmusic.com


In 2006, the Finborough Theatre began the Celebrating British Music Theatre series with a sell-out production of Leslie Stuart’s Florodora. Productions since then have included sell-out rediscoveries of Lionel Monckton’s Our Miss Gibbs, Harold Fraser-Simson’s operetta The Maid of the Mountains, A "Gilbert and Sullivan" Double Bill featuring Gilbert’s play Sweethearts and Sullivan’s opera The Zoo, Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate, Sandy Wilson’s The Buccaneer, Oscar Asche’s Chu Chin Chow, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, Ivor Novello's Perchance to Dream and Gay's The Word, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke, Edward German's Merrie England and Paul Scott Goodman's Rooms: A Rock Romance. Other productions include the professional world premiere of Ivor Novello's operetta Valley of Song in January 2014.


"Adams' witty and poignant score." ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

“Adams’ rangy, rocky, highly emotive vocal lines give voice to real feelings urgently expressed in that edgy “now” kind of way. He has a real gift...for heightening and powering home the text and this bunch of voices – straight from the school of Rent and Spring Awakening – gave the piece terrific immediacy.” Edward Seckerson, The Independent.

"Delightful songs...vibrant songwriting that fills you with electricity." Huffington Post

"Craig Adams' score has a fresh, unique sound" West End Frame

"Adams' pop score is emotive and catchy."  Official London Theatre


"Shepphard’s work is superlative, creating a gripping tale which pulls apart the myths of mental illness, domestic violence and female sexuality." The Stage on Crazy Lady 

"The play is impeccably well structured and a magnificent twist and strong ending make it a very satisfying piece." BBC Radio Manchester on Crazy Lady 

"This fantastic show deserved the standing ovation it received... Shepphard’s alert and outstanding writing...made for an exceptionally heartfelt and compassionate play." The Birmingham Post on Signs Of A Star Shaped Diva

"Nona Shepphard’s smart, witty play is part of the next phase of gay theater." San Diego News Network on The Marriage Bed

"Shakespeare is safe with Nona Shepphard, whose intelligent, ingenious play is a fascinating interpretation of the events in The Winter’s Tale...A piece of high quality theatre." The Stage on A Tale For Winter at the Tricycle Theatre


Julie Atherton | Thérèse Raquin

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Ordinary Days - and its subsequent transfer to the Trafalgar Studios.
Theatre includes The Opinion Makers (Derby Theatre), Another Way (Cockpit Theatre), Lift (Soho Theatre), Sister Act (UK Tour), The Hired Man (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre), First Things Last (Lincoln Centre, Broadway).
Recordings include A Girl of Few Words and No Space For Air.

Lila Clements | Suzanne

Theatre includes Golden Hearts (Tamasha Theatre), Dick Whittington (Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford), Beauty and the Beast (Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford), Whisky Galore – A Musical! (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre), Twelfth Night (Open Air Tour) and Into the Woods (Greenwich Theatre).

Claire Greenway | River Woman

Theatre includes James and the Giant Peach (UK Tour), Spinach (King's Head Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), Betwixt! (King's Head Theatre) and Cinderella (Epsom Playhouse).
Film includes Anna Karenina.

Tara Hugo | Madame

Theatre includes Book of Longing (Lincoln Center, Barbican Theatre and Sydney Opera House), Legacy Falls (New Players Theatre and New York Musical Festival), La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory), Olivier Award nomination for Threepenny Opera (Donmar Warehouse) and The Bacchae (New York Shakespeare Festival). Film and Television includes United 93, In Love and War, Hellboy and Big Women.
Recordings include Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass (produced by Philip Glass), Threepenny Opera and Anything Goes.

Ellie Kirk | River Woman

Theatre includes Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre), The Alchemist (Liverpool Playhouse), Lift (Soho Theatre) and La Boheme (Soho Theatre).

Jeremy Legat | Camille

Theatre includes Peter Pan (Richmond Theatre), Curtains (Landor Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Dido (Kensington Palace), Beautiful Thing (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester), Hamlet (Cunard QM2), Spring Awakening (The Young Vic), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? (Soho Theatre), Peter Pan (Birmingham REP), Gompers (Arcola Theatre) and Oliver! (London Palladium).
Television includes Canoe Man, Hustle, Mike Bassett: Manager, Surviving Disaster, Hope and Glory and Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story.

Ben Lewis | Laurent

Theatre includes Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory), Love Never Dies (Sydney and Melbourne), A Little Night Music (Opera Australia), Urinetown (Sydney), Spamalot (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Sydney) and The Odyssey (Black Swan Theatre, Perth).
Television includes Doctors.
Film includes Love Never Dies.

Christopher Logan | Michaud

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Drama at Inish. 

Theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare's Globe), Blue Stockings (Shakespeare's Globe), The Magistrate (National Theatre), Macbeth (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Belle’s Stratagem (Southwark Playhouse), The School for Scandal (Barbican Theatre) and Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin).
Film includes Mrs Henderson Presents.

James Simpson | Oliver and Musical Director

Theatre includes Forest Boy (Arcola Theatre), Avenue Q (Edinburgh Festival), Spring Awakening (Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow), Virgins: a Musical Threesome (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Regional Arts Victoria Tour and New York Musical Theatre Festival,).
Cabaret and Concert includes Diamonds Are For Trevor (Melbourne Arts Centre), Liza On An E (UK Tour and West End), Josie in the Bathhouse (Adelaide Cabaret Festival) and World War Wonderful (Melbourne Cabaret Festival)

Gary Tushaw | Grivet

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Our Miss Gibbs.
Theatre includes The Mousetrap (St Martin's Theatre), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Piccadilly Theatre), The Hired Man (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Return of the Soldier (Landor Theatre), Bonnie and Clyde (King's Head Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Southwark Playhouse) and The Tempest (New Wolsey Theatre).

Verity Quade | River Woman

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays.

Theatre includes Sister Act (London Palladium), Awaking Beauty (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Strictly Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall), Honk! (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), The Sound of Music (London Palladium) and Jerry Springer the Opera (Cambridge Theatre).
Recordings include A Different Kind of Love, Scrapbook - songs of Rob Archibald and Verity Quade, Sister Act (London Cast) and The Sound of Music (London Cast).

Matt Wilman | Oarsman

Theatre includes Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory), Julius Caesar (Iris Theatre), Blood Wedding (Courtyard Theatre), The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre), Finding Neverland (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), Wonderful Town (Lowry Theatre and UK Tour), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Gielgud Theatre), Evita (European Tour), Calling (King’s Head Theatre) and Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre).


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 3 April 2014).
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 5 April 2014).

Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval of 15 minutes.

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 online only.

8 - 19 April 2014

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. 

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Directed by Nona Shepphard

Musical Supervision by Craig Adams

Musical Direction by James Simpson

Designed by Laura Cordery

Assistant Costume Design by Philippa Batt

Lighting by Neil Fraser

Associate Lighting by Peter Small

Produced by Jim Zalles

Presented by Theatre Bench in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.