A season has been announced at the National Theatre, and it includes the UK premiere of the musical Hadestown, and the return of its award-winning production of Follies. With music, lyrics and a book by musician Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown is about a loved-up couple: a songwriter called Orpheus and his muse Eurydice. Eurydice is tempted into the industrial underworld of Hadestown, and Orpheus is sent on a quest to save her. The production, which has been developed with Rachel Chavkin, will run in the Olivier from 2nd November to 26th January, and will then transfer to Broadway.
Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown comes to the National Theatre prior to Broadway.
In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.
Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.
Produced in association with Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy. Co-conceived by Ben t Matchstick.