Orpheus Descending

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Tennessee Williams’ deep-south American drama comes to life at the Menier Chocolate Factory, for eight weeks only.

See a small market town come to life in this intimate performance space, as the desperate tales of Lady show what it means to belong in a community whilst breaking from traditions.

This new revival starring Hattie Morahan (A Doll’s House, Young Vic), Seth Numrich (Sweet Bird of Youth, Old Vic) and Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots, Lost in Austen, As If) brings the deep south to the West End.

Last performed on Broadway 30 years ago, Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending is directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling).

Orpheus Descending is booking from 9 May 2019 until 6 July 2019 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London.


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.


The cast is led by Hattie Morahan A Doll’s House (Young Vic), The Bletchley Circle, The Golden Compass; Seth Numrich Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic), Travesties (Broadway), The Good Wife; and, Jemima Rooper Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Kinky Boots, Lost in Austen, As If.

With Catrin AaronMichael GearyValentine HansonJenny LivseyLaura Jane MatthewsonMark MeadowsIfan MeredithIan PorterCarrie Quinlan & Carol Royle


Written by Tennessee Williams with Direction by Tamara Harvey, Set and Costume Design by Jonathan Fensom, Lighting Design by Tim Mascall, Sound Design by Gregory Clarke and Music by Simon Slater. 

Performance Schedule

Theatre Information

Menier Chocolate Factory
Address: 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest Underground: London Bridge (Northern line, Jubilee line)
Nearest Buses: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 521

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