A Dirty Pretty Theatre & Critical Stages Production

Thérèse Raquin

Adapted from the Emile Zola novel by Gary Abrahams.

An exquisite, corseted thriller from the masterpiece of French literature.

07 Jun – 10 Jun

Causing great controversy when the novel was first published over 150 years ago, Thérèse Raquin is Emile Zola’s superb examination of corrupted morals. Set in the notoriously dingy backstreets of late 19th Century Paris, this carnal and corset-filled thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.

Thérèse lives a life of servitude, married to her sickly cousin in a loveless, arranged marriage. But her melancholy is marred by the arrival of Laurent, her husband’s friend, with whom she begins a passionate, feverish affair.

This stunning, critically acclaimed production from Melbourne’s Dirty Pretty Theatre was nominated for six Green Room Awards across categories of design, direction and performance. Director Gary Abrahams has crafted an original and uniquely Australian adaptation of this renowned classic work of French literature, bringing to the production a heightened sense of drama and a raw and immediate passion.

Thérèse Raquin is an affecting, visually splendid, emotional rollercoaster ride.

Recommended for ages 16+. Contains strong language & adult themes. 

Free Talking Point
Thérèse Raquin - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 10 June, approx. 30 mins after the matinee ends


“Beautifully paced and engaging theatre… Directed with skill and style, compressing the terrific density of Zola’s novel into a stark but subtle drama.” - The Age 

“It is in fact a beautiful adaptation, with all the colour and energy of the novel, but re-imagined as pure drama.” - Daily Review

“Thoroughly accessible and always engaging without sacrificing Zola’s rich language and images.”
- Concrete Playground

"The intricate and extravagant costumes designed by Chloe Greaves spectacularly remaster the movements and lifestyle of 1860’s gothic romance, tight fitting corsets and puffy long gowns further restricted the freedom of women… Each forbidden, adulterous, passionate scene is exaggerated; the danger, the tragedy, the raw emotions are all the more powerful and have the audience spellbound.” - 5 Stars. Melbourne. Arts. Fashion

“Thérèse Raquin is big-story, big-skirted, historical naturalism that never feels caught in the conventions or expectations of big-story, big-skirted, historical naturalism.“  - Sometimes Melbourne


Image: Original cast. Photo by Lachlan Woods

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Gary Abrahams

Set Designer
Jacob Battista

Costume Designer
Chloe Greaves

Lighting Designer
Katie Sfetkidis

Original Music
Christopher De Groot

Jessica Clarke
Andre Jewson
Marta Kaczmarek
Emily Milledge
David Ross Peterson
James O'Connell
Mark Wilson


Premium: $79
Adult: $67
Conc/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

(Under 30s tickets not available online. A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.)

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 7 Jun, 8pm
Thu 8 Jun, 6.30pm
Fri 9 Jun, 8pm
Sat 10 June, 2pm
Sat 10 June, 8pm

Post-show Q&A:
Thu 8 Jun, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 10 Jun, 12.30pm

Audio Description & Live Captioning:
Sat 10 Jun, 2pm

Running Time
Approx. 2hrs 15 mins (incl. interval)

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