15 April - 27 April 2019
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 Williams’ deep-south American drama is directed by Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling).
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Director: Tamara Harvey
Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director is one of the UK’s most respected directors. Her most recent production, Home, I’m Darling, opened at Theatr Clwyd before transferring to the National Theatre and then the West End where it was nominated for five Olivier Awards. Orpheus Descending will open at Theatr Clwyd before transferring to London for 8 weeks. Her previous shows for Theatr Clwyd include Skylight, Pilgrims and Much Ado About Nothing.
Writer: Tennessee Williams
One of the big three American playwrights of all time with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. Williams’ work includes A Streetcar Named Desire (the film famously starred Marlon Brando), Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie. His plays are renowned for being psychologically gripping, asking questions about happiness, cruelty, humanity and, frequently, love, usually set in the American Deep South. They also often have moments that are both surprisingly funny and incredibly tender.
“★★★★★ A brutal insight to self-righteous 1950’s slavery, intensely acted, perfectly directed and dripping with sexual tension” Get The Chance
“[Orpheus Descending] certainly packed a punch and had me leaning in for more and more” Number 9 Reviews
“Tamara Harvey's handling of her cast is exemplary” Theatre in Wales