Tickets Go On Sale Today For London Engagement Of Tennessee Williams' ORPHEUS DESCENDING

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Tickets go on sale at 9am today for members of the Menier Chocolate Factory for the London dates for their co-production with Theatr Clwyd of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending. Public booking for the Menier Chocolate Factory dates opens on Monday 11 March at 9am.

Also announced today, joining Theatr Clwyd's Artistic Director Tamara Harvey on the creative team are Jonathan Fensom (Designer), Tim Mascall (Lighting Designer), Gregory Clarke (Sound Designer) and Simon Slater (Composer). Casting for the production will be announced shortly.

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 William's Deep South American drama is directed by Theatr Clwyd's Artistic Director Tamara Harvey. Orpheus Descending began its life as Battle of Angels in 1940, was first performed on Broadway in 1957. In 1959, Sidney Lumet directed the film adaptation, The Fugitive Kind, starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.

Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983) was one of the greatest American Playwrights. His principal works include A Streetcar Named Desire (Pulitzer Prize), The Glass Menagerie (New York Critics' Circle Award), The Rose Tattoo (Tony Award for Best Play), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Pulitzer Prize), Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth, Orpheus Descending and The Night of the Iguana (New York Critics' Circle Award).

Tamara Harvey has been Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd since August 2015. Most recently she directed the première of Home I'm Darling by Laura Wade - which has been nominated for UK Theatre and Evening Standard Awards and is currently running in the West End before returning to Clwyd. Her inaugural production for the company was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook's award-winning play, Pilgrims, Skylight by David Hare and the première of Peter Gill's version of Uncle Vanya (Best Production and Best Director in the English Language at the Wales Theatre Awards). She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan, Sixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios), Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).

Box Office: 020 7378 1713 (£2.50 transaction fee per booking)

Website: www.menierchocolatefactory.com (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)



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