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Hadestown

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Until December 22, 2024

Sumptous. Goregeous. As good as it gets. You wish you could live in the glowy moment forever

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Why See Hadestown?

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Cult Hit Hadestown comes to london!

Tony and Grammy winner!

Returning to London for the first time since 2018, the Olivier-nominated folk opera Hadestown will be brightening up the West End in winter 2024. The brainchild of celebrated indie-folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and Tony-nominated experimental theatre director Rachel Chavkin, who helmed smash-hit 'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812', the musical fuses elements of Greek mythology with Mitchell's emotionally-charged concept album of the same name.

Praised for its soaring imagination and updated retelling of the classic ill-fated story of Orpheus and Eurydice, a popular subject for multiple compositions and retellings over the years. Hadestown is blessed with a groundbreaking creative license that keeps things fresh and very interesting, influencing a steadily-growing cult following of fervent fans since its debut. It's an indie-flavored fusion of New Orleans trad jazz and folk Americana, as well as an otherworldly setting and poetic lyrics/dialogue, immersing the audience in a realm where innovative theatre design, music, and storytelling blend seamlessly with stunning, genre-defining results.

What is the story?

This new musical transports the action from ancient Greece to an eclectic setting akin to the buzzing New Orleans scene. Hadestown weaves together the opposing forces of nature and industry, faith and doubt, and love and death to tell the story of the guitar-toting Orpheus and his great love Eurydice as they battle the harsh landscape of Hadestown, an industrial underworld of trouble and toil that makes for a better choice than the winter-ravaged landscape above. Lured by the promise of food and shelter, Eurydice is kidnapped by Hades, a foreman-like figure who rules the mechanicals below. Orpheus sets out to save his wife, setting off a chain reaction of unrest, riot, and chaos in his fateful wake.

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Dates

Opening night: 10 February 2024

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative

Cast

Donal Finn as Orpheus
Grace Hodgett Young as Eurydice
Melanie La Barrie as Hermes 
Gloria Onitiri as  Persephone 
Zachary James as Hades 
Madeline Charlemagne, Allie Daniel and Bella Brown as The three Fates

With 
Lauren Azania, Tiago Dhondt Bamberger, Beth Hinton-Lever, Waylon Jacobs, Christopher Short, Lucinda Buckley, Winny Herbet, Ryesha Higgs, Miriam Nyarko and Simon Oskarsson

Creative

Written by Anais Mitchell
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Choreography by David Neumann
Musical Direction by Liam Robinson
Orchestrations by Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose
Set Design by Rachel Hauck
Costume Design by Michael Krass
Lighting Design by Bradley King
Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz

Awards

Olivier Award, 2024 - Nomination

Best Musical Revival

Grammy Awards, 2020 - Wins

Best Musical Theater Album

Tony Awards, 2019 - Wins

Best Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Direction of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Andre De Sheilds
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Bradley King
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Rachel Hauck

Tony Awards, 2019 - Nominations

Best Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Eva Noblezada
Best Book of a Musical - Anais Mitchell
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Direction of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Andre De Sheilds
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Patrick Page
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Amber Gray
Best Choreography - David Neumann
Best Orchestrations - Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Rachel Hauck
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Micheal Krass
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Bradley King

DRAMA DESK AWARDS, 2019 - Wins

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

Drama Desk Awards, 2019 - Nominations

Outstanding Director of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin
Outstanding Choreography - David Neumann
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical
Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Andre De Shields

2019 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS - NOMINATIONS

Distinguished Performance Award - Andre De Shields, Amber Gray
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or off-Broadway Musical

GRAMMY AWARDS 2020 - NOMINATIONS

Best Musical Theater Album

What we thought

Bursting WITH life!

The narrative is truly breathtaking, a classic tale in a contemporary setting and the music will travel beyond Broadway

Born at the New York Theatre Workshop, celebrated singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and the brilliant Rachel Chavkin have created in Hadestown a production that sheds light on the imbalance of freedom and the power of fear.

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Nicola Quinn

Nicola Quinn

What you thought

3 reviews, average rating: (1.7 Stars)

1.5 star rating

Jay Elle: “Let down by weak casting”

I love this show. I've seen it twice before when it was at NT. The current... more

Teresa: “Dull & underwhelming ”

I was so bored I nearly left at the interval. The voices were good, hence... more

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