THERESE RAQUIN's Keira Knightley Talks Making Broadway Debut

In an all-new interview with today's The New York Times, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Keira Knightley chats about making her Broadway debut in the current adaptation of Therese Raquin.

The production began preview performances on October 1, 2015, and opens officially on Thursday, October 29, 2015 on Broadway at Studio 54. The new adaptation is written by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet.

"I get very interested with people who are caged in some way," Knightly tells The Times, "and I think it's quite true that very often people who try to break out of their perceived cage do get punished for it, whatever that cage is."

Known for her work in such films as Anna Karenina and The Imitation Game, the actress explains why she is drawn to historical roles. "I do a lot of period pieces because that's my taste, because I want to work in Europe, because that's my home and generally speaking that's what's made in England," she said. "I love history, you know, but actually because they've been the most interesting characters for me that I've been offered."

Knightly also reveals what she loves most about working on stage before a live audience. "I think actually that's why I enjoy theater: It doesn't exist," she said. "It's not like film, which is stuck there forever." She continued: "The show that you see tonight, whether it works or whether it doesn't work, nobody will ever see that again. Tomorrow will be completely different. And I find that incredibly romantic."

Read the interview in full here.

Knightley joins Tony award winner Gabriel Ebert (Camille), Matt Ryan (Laurent) and two-time Tony award winner Judith Light (Madame Raquin), alongside David Patrick Kelly, Jeff Still, Mary Wiseman,Glynis Bell, Alex Mickiewicz, Sara Topham, and Ray Virta in the cast.

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

The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Keith Parham (lighting), and Josh Schmidt (sound).

Photo Joan Marcus



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