Relish a retake on the legendary story of Orpheus as it takes on a different form in Tennessee Williams’ tale. Witness the awakening of passion and life, as it ultimately leads to tragic consequences for the lead characters. Revel in the poetic dialogue and lush imagery of Tennessee Williams’ characters and settings!
Why Watch Orpheus Descending
Written by the legendary playwright Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending is a retelling of the story of Orpheus, albeit set in the south of the USA. A 2-time Pulitzer Prize and 3-time New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award winner, Williams is known for focusing on themes of family, mental health and relationships. A majority of his plays continue to be showcased across the world, and Williams is considered to be amongst the most eminent playwrights of 20th century America. Orpheus Descending deals with repression and recovery, and the director, Tamara Harvey is renowned for her ability to portray relatable scenarios and characters. Jonathan Fensom, an Olivier and Tony Award winner, captures the essence of Williams’ imagery wonderfully and is a worthy testament to Tennessee Williams.
Repression and intolerance are rife in a small Southern community., They don't seem to be moving ahead with the times, and people are living sad, ordinary, and boring lives. Lady Torrance is trapped in a marriage that brings her no happiness. Her husband, Jabe Torrance, has recently had surgery but is dying. Val, a drifting musician, dressed in a snakeskin jacket, holding a guitar, appears at Lady’s store. She agrees to hire him as a clerk. All of a sudden, a new life, filled with passion and love, seems to be possible. Lady is attracted to Val, and she sees a way out of her loveless and boring life. Soon enough, conformity and tradition are torn apart, as everything around transforms. Can this intense affair survive in this repressed atmosphere?
Fans of Drama | Fans of Tennessee Williams
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The Menier Chocolate Factory has a seating capacity of 180.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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