Sunday, 18 November 2012

Orpheus Descending

On Friday, Mr N had booked us tickets to see a production of Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.

 Apparently one of Williams' lesser known plays, I had never heard of it before.  It didn't matter, I was rapt!

Above images found via Google search

Imogen Stubbs shone as Lady Torrance.  The play was something of a slow burner but it held you effortlessly, from the start.  

Aftermath - a view from my seat

It was devastatingly well observed, funny, witty, and heart wrenchingly tragic.  Everything you'd expect from Tennessee Williams really. 

It sparked much excitable babbling (and later google searching) on my part about the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, the symbolism, the recurring themes of hatred, ignorance, xenophobia, and tragic lovers (oh my!)

Above all, I asked myself how on earth could we have left doing something like this for so long.

The Royal Exchange itself is a very impressive venue.

 All marble pillars and intricate gold leafing

Kind of a theatre within a theatre

A very intimate setting

I didn't get any pictures of what I wore.  Suffice to say, I was quite overdressed for the occasion.  All lace bows and false eyelashes, I stood out like a sore thumb from the too cool for school academic types in their frayed jeans and woollen scarves.

Each to their own I say.



  1. What a gorgeous theatre! It's been ages since I've seen a play or musical or anything! I must try to go more often because it's such a great experience!

    Emma x

  2. I love Imogen Stubbs, this looks fab!
    I am glad you were over-fancy in your outfit, I wouldn't have you any other way =) x

  3. Whenever I go to the theatre (very rarely) I wonder why I don't go more often. The Royal Exchange is a great theatre, although I haven't been there for many years. I'm glad you got dressed up for the occasion, those too-cool types can just bugger off and gasp at your gorgeousness!
    PS. I was in a school production of the operetta Orpheus in the Underworld, which includes the famous can can music, the Infernal Galop! Must be where my love of flashing my petticoat started... Though actually I was just in the chorus, a nymph then a goddess. Typecast, obviously. Just thought I would throw that in there! xxxxxx

  4. Good to hear that you are maintaining standards by your theatre outfit! Sounds like an interesting production and I love the effects in your photos.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. I wish I could've seen you!! The theatre looks wonderful, I love fantastically orante theatres. Imogen Stubbs is gorgeous, I bet the play was wonderful. xxxxx

  6. Better to be over-dressed and look fabulous than underdressed....

    I think a trip to the theatre requires dressing-up... and the Royal Exchange is so lovely, I think why the hell not?!

    Glad you enjoyed it, Imogen Stubbs is one talented lady :)

  7. I'm sorry to miss your outfit it sounds great, bows and fake eyelashes, I'm sure that you made all those high browed hipsters swoon!The play sounds great, as I worked in theatres, I bet I should go more often, but it's difficult to see something so good in my town.
    I wish you a wonderful week!

  8. I love a bit of Tennessee Williams myself Lucy and this looks a fabulous night out, only thing missing is a photo of you, your outfit sounds lovely, all lashes and lace I'm imagining. It's a long long time since I've done anything like this too, Pat's not really one for theatre, and I used to love doing things like this. Your blogs always make me want to take a trip somewhere beautiful. xx

  9. It looks and sounds amazing. I love it when im able to go to the theatre. dee xx

  10. How disappointing that the rest of the audience didn't bother dressing up, your outfit sounded gorgeous. I haven't been to an English theatre production in years, in fact the last time was to see Alfie starring Adam Faith and he died in 2003.
    By strange coincidence Lucy Joy sent me a Tennessee Williams postcard last week, it must be a sign. xxx

  11. I think it's sad that people don't get dressed up to go to the theatre anymore. I went to the theatre recently and me and the boy were the smartest dressed couple there! x

  12. great photos! So cute.

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  13. I bet you looked better than any of them! What a fabulous night out! I love the theater and haven't been in WAY too long!


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