Anaïs Mitchell’s award-winning folk opera Hadestown, which played an acclaimed run at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016, will play London’s National Theatre this November and then transfer to Broadway for a 2019 opening.
Co-developer and Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin, currently represented Off-Broadway with Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, will return to direct.
Though the possibility of a Broadway transfer had previously been reported, producers had not yet confirmed a Broadway bow. Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy are attached as producers for both the upcoming London run and Broadway transfer.
Hadestown will play the National’s Olivier Theatre beginning November 2. The engagement is scheduled through January 26, 2019, with a Broadway transfer planned for the same year. Dates and a theatre have yet to be announced.
Hadestown follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain his one true love, Eurydice. The show is inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz.
Following its critically acclaimed debut at NYTW Off-Broadway, the show underwent revisions and a development workshop in March 2017 prior to a Canadian production last fall.
The creative team for London and Broadway will feature Rachel Hauck (set design), Michael Krass (costume design), Bradley King (lighting design), Nevin Steinberg (sound design), David Neumann (choreography), Liam Robinson (music direction), Michael Chorney (arrangements and orchestrations), and Todd Sickafoose (additional/co-arrangements and orchestrations).