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Orpheus Descending Menier Chocolate Factory tickets now available!

As one of the lesser known works of famous playwright Tennessee Williams, it's not everyday that Orpheus Descending is produced. Coming to London's Menier Chocolate Factory for a limited 3-month run, Orpheus Descending tickets will only be available for a short time so you'll want to get your hands on them them while you can before this Off-West End production descends into oblivion.

What is Orpheus Descending about? 

Welcome to a small Southern community full of repression, judgement and intolerance where people live what appear to be ordinary, boring small town lives. Lady is trapped in a loveless marriage with an ailing husband. When a guitar-wielding charismatic drifter appears in town, new possibilities full of passion and change open up and secrets from the past come to the surface. Nothing will remain as it is when fact, convention and tradition are torn apart.

Production history of Orpheus Descending

Tennessee Williams' Deep American South drama is directed by Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd Tamara Harvey. Beginning its life as Battle of Angels in 1940, Orpheus Descending was first performed on Broadway in 1957. In 1959, Sidney Lumet directed a film adaptation called The Fugitive Kind starring iconic actor Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani. Following a Broadway revival in 1989 starring BAFTA Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, a film adaptation also starring Redgrave was released in 1990.

Orpheus Descending Menier Chocolate Factory cast and creatives

The Menier Chocolate Factory cast of Orpheus Descending stars Carol Royle, Carrie Quinlan, Catrin Aaron, Hattie Morahan, Ian Porter, Ifan Meredith, Jemima Rooper, Jenny Livsey, Laura Jane Matthewson, Mark Meadows, Michael Geary, Seth Numrich, and Valentine Hanson. The play is directed by Tamara Harvey (2019 Olivier Award-winning comedy Home I'm Darling at the Duke of York's Theatre) and features sound design by Gregory Clarke, music by Simon Slater, lighting design by Tim Mascall, and set and costume design by Jonathan Fensom.

Who is Tennessee Williams? 

Writer Tennessee Williams is known as one of the foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. Best known for works such as The Glass Menagerie (now showing at the Arcola Theatre until 13 July 2019), A Streetcar Named DesireCat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Night of the Iguana (playing at the Noel Coward Theatre in London until 28 September 2019), his plays often focus on themes of family relationships, secrets and mental health and frequently feature locations in the American South. Throughout the course of his career, and even posthumously, Tennessee Williams earned many awards and recognitions including two Pulitzer Prizes, three New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards and a Tony Award.

Orpheus Descending London theatre tickets now up for grabs!

Tickets for Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending are sure to be some of the most sought-after of the Menier Chocolate Factory's summer season. Playing for a limited 3-month run, you'll want to book Orpheus Descending tickets as soon as possible to guarantee the best seats at the best prices whilst stocks last.


Additional Information

Running time

2hr 40min (inc. interval)

Performance dates

09 May - 06 July 2019

Venue Information

Menier Chocolate Factory53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Customer Reviews

11 reviews4.6

Malcolm5th July

The play is understandably not well known, and quite challenging for the audience. The production was excellent and the acting powerful and direct. It was a worthwhile evening that made me think (always a good thing with the theatre), but I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. but I would happily go back to Menier Chocolate Factory for future shows.

Posy Curless4th July

I managed to get a £25 ticket for this show which was an amazing deal. Cast were fantastic. Would recommend.

Len Webster1st July

Great to see some authentic drama in an intimate and audible theatre environment

Baudouin Chaar29th June

Amazing play in an amazing theatre, very cozy. Would definitely recommend!

jean pierre berger19th June

À wonderful and magic moment

andrew Babb13th June

This was a terrific show, the acting was Superb. I will be recommending this show as a must see.

Mary Foteinou10th June

Great play and excellent production. Bonus that the theater is an old chocolate factory :)

Ersi Emmanouilidou7th June

Beautiful theatre! Amazing performance

EDWARD Weeple23rd May

A previously unseen Arthur Miller. Loved the theatre. Great performances.

Javier Morao19th May

Great acting, good energy. Highly recommended