Curtains Up

Curtains Up: Review of Hadestown

The National Theatre
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Hadestown is the acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin that reimagines a sweeping ancient tale as a timeless allegory for our world. Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

What the Press say:

“Welcome to the intriguing and beautiful world of your next musical theatre obsession” Vogue

“Spellbinding. Hadestown, for a while, makes the whole world forget its troubles” Variety

“A beguiling a haunting fable for today” The Guardian

What our Reviewer says:

It’s safe to say that Hadestown is truly the best thing I have seen in the theatre in years! Making its way from Broadway to The National theatre this year, I couldn’t think of a better spot for its revival. With The National’s stage revolve put to best use and the allusions to current political issues, this alternative musical was very much at home here. An “old story” of the Greek myth (redressed in new clothes) Orpheus and Eurydice becomes almost unrecognisable in Rachel Chavkin and Anais Mitchell’s fantastic reworking into a folk opera. Think the texture of an indie film, meets ragtime jazz, in the deep south. Orpheus is a struggling musician who believes in the power of music to conquer even death and Eurydice, who despite loving him, has to eat. I won’t ruin the ending but down to Hades corporate world she goes, because “what are you gonna do when the chips are down?” Regret, trust, xenophobia and true love are all themes in this one off musical. See it and be changed!

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