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Theatr Clwyd and Menier Chocolate Factory to co-produce Tennessee Williams play in new season

Theatr Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey
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Theatr Clwyd has announced it is co-producing a show with the Menier Chocolate Factory for the first time, a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending.

The production is part of the Welsh theatre’s 2019 season, which also includes the return of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling to Theatr Clwyd and the world premiere adaptation of a Jacqueline Wilson novel.

Orpheus Descending will be directed by Theatr Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey, and will transfer to London’s Menier following a run at Theatr Clwyd in April.

Meanwhile, Wilson’s Wave Me Goodbye is being adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves, who also adapted Wilson’s book Hetty Feather.

The story is set at the outbreak of the Second World War and follows a group of children who are evacuated to the country.

It will be directed by Christian Patterson.

Elsewhere in the season, Katie Posner will direct The Mold Riots, by Bethan Marlow, which tells the true story of the trial of a group of miners accused of attacking their colliery manager.

The large-scale production, running in October next year, will feature both a community and professional cast.

Wade’s Home, I’m Darling will also enjoy another run at Theatr Clwyd in a co-production with the National Theatre and Fiery Angel. The play recently confirmed a West End run and tour for 2019, after which it will return to Wales.

Harvey said: “Next year will see us in a first-time collaboration with Londons award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory with Tennessee WilliamsOrpheus Descending; and as part of our commitment to younger audiences Emma Reeves comes home to adapt Jacqueline Wilson’s Wave Me Goodbye, their latest collaboration after the huge success of the stage version of Hetty Feather.

“Later this year sees our first large-scale community production with The Mold Riots during the 150th anniversary year. As we continue to build, its wonderful to see our homegrown work reach new audiences across the UK.

Season at a glance

Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Tamara Harvey
April 15 to 27

Wave Me Goodbye by Emma Reeves
Directed by Christian Patterson
April 23 to May 4, with press night on April 25

Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade
Directed by Tamara Harvey
April 30 to May 4

The Mold Riots by Bethan Marlow
Directed by Katie Posner
October 21 to 26

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