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Hattie Morahan and Jemima Rooper are amongst the cast announced for Orpheus Descending

Hattie Morahan and Jemima Rooper are amongst the cast announced for Orpheus Descending

Casting announced for Orpheus Descending

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 11 March 2019, Last Updated 13 March 2019

The full cast for the upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending has been announced, and there are some very familiar West End faces in the show, including some previous Olivier Award nominees!

The full cast is:

  • Catrin Aaron (Beulah Binnings)
  • Michael Geary (Pee Wee Binnings)
  • Valentine Hanson (Uncle Pleasant)
  • Jenny Livsey (Eva Temple / Woman)
  • Laura Jane Matthewson (Dolly Hamma)
  • Mark Meadows (Jabe Torrance)
  • Ifan Meredith (David Cutrere / Dog Hamma)
  • Hattie Morahan (Lady Torrance)
  • Seth Numrich (Val Xavier)
  • Ian Porter (Sheriff Talbott)
  • Jemima Rooper (Carol Cutrere)
  • Carol Royle (Vee Talbott)
  • Carrie Quinlan (Sister / Nurse Porter).

          Previous Olivier-nominee Hattie Morahan will be playing the role of Lady.

Jemima Rooper, who last year appeared in the critically acclaimed production of Little Shop Of Horrors will play Carol Cutrere.

A classic Tennessee Williams’ story, Orpheus Descending is all about Lady (played by Hattie), who’s 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 the certainty, conformity and tradition are ripped apart.

The story has been adapted for both stage and screen before. This includes a Broadway production in 1957, and a film entitled The Fugitive Kind, which starred iconic actors Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.

Orpheus Descending will be performed at the Menier Chocolate Factory and is a co-production between them and Theatr Clwyd.

The show will be directed by Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey, who most recently directed the première of Home I’m Darling, which has been nominated for five Olivier Awards this year, including Best Actress for Katherine Parkinson, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Susan Brown and Best New Comedy.

Orpheus Descending will run at Theatr Clwyd from 15-27 April, before transferring to the Menier Chocolate Factory for a limited run between 9 May – 6 July 2019. Public booking for the Menier Chocolate Factory dates is now open.


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