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 forFolk 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