Orpheus in the Gordon Craig
IF you think you know the heroic Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice this Gordon Craig Theatre show will make you think again.
Gone is the yawn-inducing tragedy as Hitchin Thespians put the mirth into mythology with this comic romp through the ancient tale at the Stevenage venue.
Orpheus in the Underworld is a show full of fun and light-hearted frolics with audiences treated to a twisting story of mistaken identities, love-hate relationships and misbehaving Gods. Far from Gluck’s opera, this Orpheus is being billed as a pantomime for grown-ups.
We follow the hero who reluctantly follows his mother’s orders to reclaim his stolen wife Eurydice from the depths of Hades where she awaits a saviour to rescue her from a tedious and unfulfilled life.
On the way he makes a quick stop on Mount Olympus where he discovers that the gods are not as stuffy or as wholesome as they would have us believe.
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Joining them in Hades they take part in an orgiastic party to put all others to shame before Orpheus finds love has a way of setting things right.
This irreverent show has an energetic and enthusiastic chorus and a talented cast of principals who promise to bring the ancient tale hilariously to life.
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With a great score, a libretto to make even the most humour-challenged theatre goer laugh out loud and a new twist to the final act, Orpheus in the Underworld has something to offer everyone.
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The show runs from Wednesday, March 21, to Saturday, March 24, with performances starting at 7.45pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets are �15 with concessions of �12.50 available on the Wednesday evening and Saturday matinee performances.
Call the box office on 01438 363200