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Orpheus Descending Tickets

Orpheus Descending Tickets

9 May 2019 - 6 Jul 2019

Orpheus Descending Information

Lady is trapped in a loveless marriage, surrounded by intolerant people, living a boring small-town life. But when a wild-eyed charismatic drifter appears a new life of love and passion suddenly seem possible. Everything will change as certainty, conformity and tradition are ripped apart.

Tennessee William's Deep South American drama is directed by Theatr Clwyd's Artistic Director Tamara Harvey. Orpheus Descending began its life as Battle of Angels in 1940, and was first performed on Broadway in 1957. In 1959, Sidney Lumet directed the film adaptation, The Fugitive Kind, starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.

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Run time


Opening date

May 9th, 2019

Closing date

July 6th, 2019


Menier Chocolate Factory

Cast and creative

By: Tennessee Williams
Songs by: Simon Slater
Director: Tamara Harvey
Producer: A Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Clwyd co-production
Cast list: Catrin Aaron (Beulah Binnings), Michael Geary (Pee Wee Binnings), Valentine Hanson (Uncle Pleasant), Jenny Livsey (Eva Temple / Woman), Laura Jane Matthewson (Dolly Hamma), Mark Meadows (Jabe Torrance), Ifan Meredith (David Cutrere / Dog Hamma), Hattie Morahan (Lady Torrance), Seth Numrich (Val Xavier), Ian Porter (Sheriff Talbott), Jemima Rooper (Carol Cutrere), Carol Royle (Vee Talbott) and Carrie Quinlan (Sister / Nurse Porter)
Design: Jonathan Fensom
Lighting: Tim Mascall
Sound: Gregory Clarke

Our review

Orpheus Descending

The ancient Greek mythical character of Orpheus is all the theatrical rage right now - he's currently on Broadway as a character in Hadestown (that originated at the National), and he's also back on the London stage, too, in the play that Tennessee Williams named after him, as an itinerant musician in a snakeskin jacket who arrives in the small Deep South community of Two Rivers County as something of a fugitive. He becomes a seriously disruptive life force for the lonely Lady Torrance, a...

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