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9th May - 6th July


Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

No matinees on  Saturday 11th May, Sunday 12th May & Sunday 19th May

Running time

2 hours and 40 minutes including one interval


Catrin Aaron

Michael Geary

Valentine Hanson

Jenny Livsey

Laura Jane Matthewson

Mark Meadows

Ifan Meredith

Hattie Morahan

Seth Numrich

Ian Porter

Carrie Quinlan

Jemima Rooper

Carol Royle




Written by
Tennessee Williams

Tamara Harvey

Set & Costume Design
Jonathan Fensom

Lighting Design
Tim Mascall

Sound Design
Gregory Clarke

Simon Slater





Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatr Clwyd co-production.

Tennessee Williams' Deep South American drama is directed by Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey (Home I'm Darling - National Theatre/Duke of York's). Orpheus Descending  began its life as Battle of Angels  in 1940, and was first performed on Broadway in 1957. In 1959, Sidney Lumet directed the film adaptation, The Fugitive Kind  starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.



Hattie Morahan’s theatre credits include A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke of York’s; Evening Standard Award for Best Actress); The Changeling (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Real Thing (Old Vic); and Time and the Conways, The Seagull, Iphigenia at Aulis and Power (all at the National Theatre).   Television credits include The Bletchley Circle,  Larkrise to Candleford and Outnumbered.  Films: Beauty and the Beast, Alice through the Looking Glass, Mr Holmes and The Golden Compass.

Seth Numrich’s theatre credits include playing Tristan Tzara in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of  Travesties  on Broadway (American Airlines Theatre) , The Glass Menagerie  (Edinburgh International Festival),  Fathers and Sons  (Donmar),  Sweet Bird of Youth  (Old Vic) and  War Horse  (Lincoln Center, NY). Television credits include:  Homeland, The Good Wife  and  Gravity.   Films:  Private Romeo  and  Imperium.
Jemima Rooper’s theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre and US tour), All My Sons (Apollo) and One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/Adelphi/Music Box - Broadway).  Her television credits include Atlantis, Lost in Austen, 
Sinchronicity , Hex and As If.  Films include Kinky Boots, The Black Dahlia and The Railway Children.

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

Lady is trapped in a loveless marriage, surrounded by a dying husband and 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.

ORPHEUS DESCENDING is presented by special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.



Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

Additional performance on Monday 13th May 8pm

No matinees on Saturday 11th May, Sunday 12th May & Sunday 19th May



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