L'assommoir

Emile Zola's classic tale, dramatised in three parts by Diana Griffiths.

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A startling, moving and honest account of life in working class Paris in the mid 19th Century.

Gervaise dreams of starting her own laundry, but Coupeau has an accident and their saving are all spent.

Will Gervaise's dream ever be realised?

  • bazouge....seamus o'neill
  • charles....daniel stansbury
  • clemence....stephanie laguna-walker
  • coupeau....John Thomson
  • directed by - Pauline Harris
  • etienne....william rush
  • gervaise....claire goose
  • goujet....paul thomas hickey
  • lantier....Mark Bazeley
  • leonie....stephanie laguna-walker
  • m lorilleaux....Russell Dixon
  • m poisson....David Crellin
  • mes-bottes....seamus o'neill
  • mme boche....Siobhan Finneran
  • mme coupeau....ann rye
  • mme goujet....Janice Mckenzie
  • mme lerat....esther wilson
  • mme lorilleaux....Brigit Forsyth
  • mme poisson....esther wilson
  • nana....poppy rush
  • nana....rhea bailey
  • narrator....David Bradley
  • pauline....emily fleeshman
  • virginie....Deborah Mcandrew

  • 022004103120041106

    Coupeau's drinking is becoming a problem and Gervaise gets into debt.

    But she tries to forget her worries with a feast for her birthday.

    It's a riot of success until her former lover, Lantier reappears.

    03 LAST2004110720041113

    A poignant and elegiac conclusion as Coupeau's drinking drives him into hospital, and Gervaise falls further into poverty and despair.