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Book Launch of The Red Vial by Wilkie Collins

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Book Launch of The Red Vial by Wilkie Collins

 

With dramatic readings
by Di Sherlock and Simon Vaughan


6.30–8.30pm
Thursday
15 March 2018
Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury St
London WC1B 3QE
FREE

Wilkie Collins’s thrilling three-act drama, The Red Vial, was performed at the Olympic Theatre in 1858. Experimenting with a new, dark realism based on the French theatre of the time, The Red Vial was considered the forerunner to Zola’s Thérèse Raquin. Fuelled by a desperate, maternal love, Madame Bergmann, the widow of a celebrated physician, is ruthlessly driven to poison her benevolent employer and his loyal protégé, the reformed lunatic, Hans Grimm. The play’s uncompromising themes of madness and murder, climaxing with the horrific appearance of a corpse in Act III, shocked audiences and critics alike and the play was put to rest until Collins re-wrote it as the novel, Jezebel’s Daughter, in 1880.

 

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