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ORPHEUS DESCENDING
24 October 12 - 24 November 12

ONLINE BOOKING
All transaction charges are now dropped. You will no longer be charged for booking online or for using a card. The only charge will be for postage (£1.00) - and you can choose to collect your tickets from the Box Office instead!

 Tennesse Williams
* * * * * BEAUTIFUL direction...The entire cast is TREMENDOUS.  Stubbs, INTELLIGENT and INFINITELY MOVING, cuts to the pure heart of the playwright better than I have ever seen it done.' The Daily Telegraph

* * * * INTENSE - TOOK MY BREATH AWAY' The Times


* * * * Sarah Frankcom's atmospheric, bluesy revival, touched with gothic nightmare..scratches away at your soul like an unhappy ghost begging to be let in...This is Stubbs AT HER VERY BEST...' The Guardian
 

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In a small town in the Deep South of America nothing ever seems to change. That is, until one day, a charismatic young drifter appears with a snakeskin jacket and a guitar. Like a fox in a hen coop, this wild eyed boy tears up the prejudices and certainties of the town, igniting the passion of Lady Torrance, who for years has been trapped in a loveless marriage. But their freedom and love is too much for such a narrow-minded community…

This major revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic drama about the power of imagination and love in the face of conformity, stars Imogen Stubbs and is directed by Sarah Frankcom, whose recent award-winning successes at the Exchange include PUNK ROCK, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, BEAUTIFUL THING, and MISS JULIE.



 


Interested in Orpheus Descending?

Maybe you'd be interested in our event LIGHT AND SHADOW - 6 staged rehearsed readings by multi-award-winning playwrights about the resonant themes in the masterpiece.
The Theatre - Tuesday 6 November, 7.30pm



INTRODUCING... Orpheus Descending 
Wednesday 7 November, 10.00am - 12 noon
A pre-show talk and demonstration-based workshop for schools, community groups and individuals.
Tickets £6 / £4 (concessions & groups leaders.
Book on 0161 833 0483



 

Have Your Say

FANTASTIC REVIEWS
FANTASTIC REVIEWS
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Some highlights of the amazing reviews ORPHEUS DESCENDING has received so far - from press and audience.
 
Press

INTENSE – Stubbs’ BRILLIANCE…nimble, defiant, wounded, desperate…A final catastrophe that TOOK MY BREATH AWAY’ * * * * The Times

‘WILD AND DANGEROUS – THIS IS STUBBS AT HER VERY BEST’ * * * * The Guardian

‘Imogen Stubbs – FATNASTICALLY VIVID…Luke Norris gives a GREAT PERFORMANCES.. It is hard to find fault with this production..THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING…EVOCATIVE, ABSORBING’ * * * * .5 The Public Reviews

‘CAPTIVATING – NOTHING PREPARES YOU FOR THE SHATTERING CLIMAX.  An evening of theatre that makes a LASTING IMPRESSION’ The Messenger

‘HEADY AND FULL-BLOODED’ The Stage

 via Twitter
 
Lighting, sound & staging all moodily atmospheric. Jodie McNee's monologues were especially electric, I had real chills. Loved it
 

Orpheus Descending @rxtheatre is powerfully sinister. I can't get the last scene out of my mind - the audience's audible gasp sticks too.

Orpheus Descending @rxtheatre was ACE. Think True Blood as if directed by David Lynch & minus the vampires, with a blues guitar soundtrack
 
Oh @rxtheatre I am wracked & ruined after Orpheus Descending, brilliant acting, my makeup was in streaks...loved every minute of it!

Orpheus Descending at @rxtheatre is mesmerising. Imogen Stubbs is bloody marvellous as Lady. Laughs and tears and stirring loins. Bravo!!


Loved Imogen Stubbs @rxtheatre last night- unmissable
Orpheus Descending @rxtheatre - all blood, guitars and crazy women with standout performance from Imogen Stubbs. Go see

Orpheus Descending @rxtheatre was staggering tonight. Imogen Stubbs is devestating, poss best stage performance I have seen. See. It.

 


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Interview with Imogen Stubbs, playing Lady Torrance
Interview with Imogen Stubbs, playing Lady Torrance
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Interview with Imogen Stubbs, playing Lady Torrance.
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A View From the Inside
A View From the Inside
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A View From the Inside - Rehearsal Room notes from Ed Lewis, ORPHEUS DESCENDING Assistant Director.
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The construction and installation of a technically challenging piece of set... PART 1
The construction and installation of a technically challenging piece of set... PART 1
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With 4 weeks before the opening of our forthcoming production of ORPHEUS DESCENDING, Andy Bubble and the rest of our Workshop department start building the set. Here is the first of two short films charting the construction and installation of a technically challenging piece of that set... 4 self raining windows!



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The construction and installation of a technically challenging piece of set... PART 2
The construction and installation of a technically challenging piece of set... PART 2
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With 4 weeks before the opening of our forthcoming production of Orpheus Descending, Andy Bubble and the rest of our Workshop department start building the set. Here is the second of two short films charting the construction and installation of a technically challenging piece of that set. 4 self raining windows!



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Cast
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Harry AttwellIan  BlowerChristian BradleyClaire  BrownTrevor Michael GeorgesMark LewisAlexandra  MathieOlwen MaySue  McCormickJodie McNeeLuke NorrisMorag SillerImogen StubbsSimon WolfeMarjorie Yates
By Tennessee Williams
Director Sarah Frankcom
Designer Paul Wills
Sound Pete Rice
Lighting Chris Davey
Composer Trevor Michael Georges
Dialects Mark Langley
Fights Bret Yount
Assistant Director Eduard Lewis

EVENT INFORMATION

BOOK TICKETS
0161 833 9833 / online


TICKET PRICES
£10 - £35 (click here for more details) 

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
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RUNNING TIME
2 hours and 40 minutes (includes 1 interval of 20 minutes)

BACK STAGE TOUR
Wednesday 31 October, 11.00am

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
Thursday 8 November

IN THE LOUNGE...
with Sarah Frankcom

Thursday 15 November, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
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AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday 17 November, 3.30pm
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BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Friday 23 November, 7.30pm
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NEW CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm
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BOOKING INFORMATION FOR AUDIO-DESCRIBED, BSL INTERPRETED & CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
Please book via the Box Office on 0161 833 9833 so your seat can be allocated - online booking is not available for these performances.