Hadestown at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Hadestown at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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About the show

Anaïs Mitchell’s new musical Hadestown receives a UK premiere at the National Theatre, starring Miss Saigon star Eva Noblezada, prior to a highly-anticipated Broadway run. Developed alongside Rachel Chavkin, the electrifying musical is based on the popular myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, catapulted into the contemporary with thrilling themes of love, fear and trust.

The Greek myth of Orpheus and its several versions has provided writers with inspiration for centuries. Folk singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s concept album Hadestown places the lovers in the centre of America’s Great Depression, as they seek a way out of the poverty that is debilitating the nation. The Underworld is a factory, and the trust the couple has for each other might save them – but is this enough?

New York Theatre Workshop staged the new musical in 2016, with a Canadian production following the year after. Hadestown is set to make its Broadway debut in 2019, with its prior runs earning serious praise from audiences and critics alike.

Stellar casting includes Sharif Afifi, Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Carly Dyer, Rosie Fletcher, Amber Gray, Beth Hinton-Lever, Eva Noblezada, Seyi Omooba, Gloria Onitiri, Patrick Page, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw and Shaq Taylor.

The production is directed by Rachel Chavkin, who garnered much acclaim for her work on Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She is also founding artistic director of The TEAM. Anaïs Mitchell first presented Hadestown in 2006, and the album was later released in 2010. Creative team for the National Theatre includes set designer Rachel Hauck, costumer designer Michael Krass, lighting designer Bradley King and sound designer Nevin Steinberg, as well as choreographer David Neumann.

A show that approaches musical theatre from a unique angle, Hadestown is an innovative development in musical theatre and one that is a great experiment in programming for National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris. Hadestown runs at the Olivier Theatre from 2 November 2018 to 26 January 2019, with a press night on 13 November 2018.

Recommended for

Folk music, Americana, and classical adaptations combine in Hadestown to form a blend of styles that will appeal to a wide range of theatregoers and musical theatre fans.

Age Recommendations: No under 5s

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 02 Nov 2018
Press night: 13 Nov 2018
Booking from: 25 Jan 2019
Booking until: 26 Jan 2019

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

122 Reviews Add review

This show was phenomenal and my only gripe was that I saw it so late in its run that I wasn't able to go back and watch it again. About... More

oliviaseidler 5"3, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Hadestown is an exquisite modern opera retelling the classic of Orpheus and Eurydice. With direction from Rachel Chavkin, the National's... More

MrMHurst 5"9', 33 reviews, 14 helpful votes

Hadestown is an exquisite modern opera retelling the classic of Orpheus and Eurydice. With direction from Rachel Chavkin, the National's... More

MrMHurst 5"9', 33 reviews, 14 helpful votes

A completely original show, Anais Mitchell's haunting, contemporary folk score is the highlight of this sumptuous show. Eva Noblezada... More

mickeyjotheatre 5"11', 118 reviews, 9 helpful votes

Loved this new musical. The music, in particularly the orchestrations, are excellent and the cast's performances likewise. Very clever... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 95 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Absolutely loved the show. So much energy from both ensemble and principals, amazing voices, beautiful costumes, emotional performances.... More

mandahackner 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

chloej 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

lisawiedemann 172, 137 reviews, 2 helpful votes

jeannetteshipman 36 reviews, 1 helpful vote