Please note that this is a rumoured production. Any information on dates, casting and venue are subject to change
Based on two classic Greek myths - young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone - Hadestown takes audiences on a voyage to the underworld, as faith battles doubt, love fights fear, and industry struggles against nature. King Hades presides over a thriving underworld, while Orpheus and Eurydice are struggling through a barren winter. Eurydice is tempted by Hades’ offer of a better life, and Orpheus must travel down below to bring her home, with only his music to save him.
Anaïs Mitchell’s concept album-turned-show, developed with Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) is currently entrancing audiences at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway and is set to begin a US Tour in Autumn 2020. Theatre availability is limited in London this year, but the soon-to-be refurbished Lyric Theatre (long-time home of Thriller Live) could be a perfect home for the folk opera. Final venue and production dates will be confirmed soon.
The current principal cast on Broadway, all transferred from the National Theatre production in 2018, including Eva Nobelzada (Miss Saigon) as Eurydice, Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Orpheus, Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) as Persephone, Patrick Page (Saint Joan) as Hades and Andre De Shields (Ain’t Misbehavin’), who won a Tony Award for his performance as Hermes. Casting for the new London production is to be announced.
Hadestown might invite audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld, but the result is a theatrical slice of heaven.
Running time: TBC
Age recommendation: TBC
Special notice: Fans of Mitchell’s original concept album will want to secure tickets for its latest London production. Hadestown will also appeal to anyone looking for an offbeat new musical to love.
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