The National Theatre has today announced full casting for the anticipated UK premiere of Anaïs Mitchell‘s acclaimed musical, Hadestown, which runs in rep in the NT’s Oliver Theatre from 13 November 2018 to 26 January 2019 (previews from 2 November), directed by Rachel Chavkin.
The production will see Amber Gray and Patrick Page reprise their original New York Theatre Workshop roles of Persephone and Hades, alongside Reeve Carney as Orpheus (reprising the role he performed alongside Gray and Page at the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Canada), André De Shields and Eva Noblezada as Hermes and Eurydice, Rosie Fletcher, Carly Mercedes Dyer and Gloria Onitiri as the Fates, and Sharif Afifi, Beth Hinton-Lever, Seyi Omooba, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw and Shaq Taylor.
Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.
In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust in each other is put to a final test.
Rachel Chavkin said:
“This company is an extraordinary mix of artists – each is wholly unique, and brings a depth of soul and craft to the project. We’re thrilled to have back Amber Gray and Patrick Page, who have been with the show since the beginning, and Reeve Carney who did extraordinary work on the Canadian premiere. André De Shields is a legend and brings heartbreaking, invaluable experience to the storytelling, and Eva Noblezada captures a combination of toughness and vulnerability… I cannot wait to be in the room with these actors and the whole ensemble.”
Directed by Rachel Chavkin, with set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Nevin Steinberg andJessica Paz, choreography by David Neumann, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Liam Robinson, orchestrations and arrangements by Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, with Ken Cerniglia as dramaturg. Hadestown US casting by Stewart/Whitley, UK casting by Jacob Sparrow.
Produced in association with Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy. Co-conceived by Ben t Matchstick.
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