As a great American dramatist, Williams’s timeless understanding of human emotion and the particularly explosive dynamics of family groups has always been such a notable feature of his writing.
As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (29 April-6 May 2019). Amidst her choices are two more West End productions of classic American drama: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic (Emily Garside) and Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory (Libby Purves).
Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending may not be his greatest play but Tamara Harvey’s production for the Menier Chocolate Factory proves most affecting in the end.
The Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatr Clwyd co-production of Orpheus Descending has officially opened in London. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…
Savagely observed absurdity, blinding flashes of insight, profound yearning, sudden poetry singing clear notes from the cruel swamp of humanity. Orpheus Descending isn’t one of Tennessee Williams’ more familiar plays, but it has all the troubled master’s marks, glories and challenges.
Even a middling Tennessee Williams play – Orpheus Descending – is better than most, and this one still has plenty to say about sacrifice and suffocation in small-town America
Actress Catrin Aaron chatted to Emma Clarendon about starring in Tamara Harvey’s production of Orpheus Descending at Theatre Clwyd before playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Actor Mark Meadows chatted to Emma Clarendon about starring in Tamara Harvey’s production of Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory.