It's a deadly affair

PUBLISHED: 10:12 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

A scene from Therese Raquin

A scene from Therese Raquin

WHEN Emile Zola s novel Therese Raquin first appeared in 1867, its themes of adultery, madness and vengeance shocked many. However, six years later, Zola went on to adapt his novel into a play. In this gripping thriller we find Therese embarking on an aff

WHEN Emile Zola's novel Therese Raquin first appeared in 1867, its themes of adultery, madness and vengeance shocked many.

However, six years later, Zola went on to adapt his novel into a play.

In this gripping thriller we find Therese embarking on an affair with Laurent, a friend of her husband.

Their unbridled passion and frustration at being apart, for long periods of time, drives the lovers to commit a terrible act.

This version by Nicholas Wright is not only an uninhibited portrayal of infidelity, madness and ghostly revenge, but also about exploring the darkest aspects of human nature.

Set in the gloomy back streets of Paris in the late 19th century, like Camille, you will never feel far from the icy chill of the Seine.

The play will be on from February 14-16 at the Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead at 8pm.

Tickets cost £7, and are available by calling 01582 763510.

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