London lucked out in 2009 when Keira Knightley made her West End debut; six years later, it’s New York’s turn for the movie star to tread the board.
EW has a first look at Knightley’s buzzy Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season production of Therese Raquin, playing a restless young woman trapped in a loveless marriage until a reunion with a childhood friend sparks a violent passion that sends her steady life spinning. The play has been adapted by Helen Edmunson, based on the novel by Emile Zola.
Knightley turns up the carnal chemistry onstage with Constantine alum and West End veteran Matt Ryan, who here makes a Broadway return after debuting in 2009 opposite Jude Law in Hamlet. The pair also star opposite Tony winner Gabriel Ebert (a breakout from the original New York cast of Matilda) and two-time Tony winner and Broadway doyenne Judith Light (Other Desert Cities, The Assembled Parties), playing Therese’s wicked aunt-slash-mother-in-law.
Therese Raquin opens at Studio 54 on Oct. 29, with the limited engagement slated to run through Jan. 3, 2016; the rest of the company’s Broadway season includes Noises Off, Old Times, She Loves Me, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.