Casting has been announced for Tamara Harvey’s upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The play, first performed in 1957, is a retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus, setting it in a small market town in the Southern states of America. Harvey directs the play, which is a co-production with Theatr Clwyd in Wales where she is artistic director, when it runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 9th May to 6th July. The cast of the production includes Jemima Rooper (Carol Cuere), Hattie Morahan (Lady Torrance), Seth Numrich (Val Xavier).
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.