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music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell
developed with Rachel Chavkin

2 November 2018 - 26 January 2019
Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins inc interval


Hadestown will be your next musical theatre obsession.’

Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown comes to the National Theatre prior to Broadway.

In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.

Listen to the music from the show in the original cast recording on Spotify or Apple Music. You can also purchase the CD from our Bookshop, online or instore at the NT.

Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.


Please note: this production contains strobe-like effects throughout.


Produced in association with Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy. Co-conceived by Ben t Matchstick.


Talks and events

Modern Myths: Orpheus, Eurydice, and Us Tue 22 January, 6pm

4 star rating

A phenomenally smart show. Hadestown can take the breath away

What's On Stage
4 star rating

A haunting musical feast. Packed with gospel, dirty funk and New Orleans Jazz

Evening Standard
4 star rating

A gloriously offbeat staging of Anais Mitchell's acclaimed concept album. Musically thrilling

Time Out
4 star rating

A rich, contemporary and ageless reincarnation of an ancient myth

The Stage
4 star rating

A beguiling fable for today

4 star rating

Enjoyable and engaging

Financial Times

An Introduction to Hadestown

Director Rachel Chavkin and Composer Anaïs Mitchell tell us the story behind Hadestown.

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Hadestown | Behind the scenes of the photoshoot

Meet the cast and go behind the scenes of the photoshoot for Hadestown.

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Anaïs Mitchell: All I've Ever Known from the National Theatre

Anaïs Mitchell, composer of Hadestown, sings 'All I've Ever Known' in a special intimate performance in the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre.

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Hadestown | Why We Build the Wall

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Hadestown production gallery

Hadestown | Rehearsal gallery


Production team


Piano / Accordion

Mike Guy



Ros Stephen



David Kadumukasa



David Delarre




Trombone / Glock

Nathaniel Cross


Double Bass

Nicki Davenport


Drum Kit / Percussion

Brad Webb







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