Orpheus Descending
Orpheus Descending

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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.

Orpheus Descending running time: 
2 hours 40 minutes
Tennessee Williams
A Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Clwyd co-production
Tamara Harvey
Songs by:
Simon Slater
Tim Mascall
Gregory Clarke
Jonathan Fensom
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)

Menier Chocolate Factory

51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest tube:
London Bridge

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Our Orpheus Descending Review

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... Read more

Latest Orpheus Descending News & Features

Hattie Morahan interview: 'Orpheus Descending asks such crucial, vital questions'
Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

Following Theatr Clwyd’s Home, I’m Darling at the Duke of York’s Theatre, the theatre is once again represented in London theatre with Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory. A lesser-known Tennesee Williams play, Tamara Harvey directs a cast including Seth Numrich and Jemima Rooper. Alongside Numrich and Rooper, Hattie Morahan plays Lady Torrance in the production. Morahan makes her Menier debut in the production, previously starring in A Doll’s House at the Duke of York’s Theatre and a production of The Changeling at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Casting announced for Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Monday, 11 March, 2019

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).

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