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Benedict Andrews directs Hollywood stars Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ 1955 play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Playing a limited season at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, the play was last seen in London at the Novello Theatre in 2009, starring James Earl Jones and Adrian Lester.
Set on a steamy night in Mississippi, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the explosive domestic drama that follows the precarious marriage of Brick and his wife, Maggie. As the Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday, a piece of news is revealed that threatens to shake the family to the core.
With the pair yet to have children, Maggie attempts to rekindle her physical relationship with Brick, in hope that she will gain some of the family inheritance. As the oppressive lies begin to build and Maggie’s longing for a child becomes more desperate, the scorching heat becomes too much and the play reaches a fiery climax.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of Tennessee Williams’ most popular plays, being revived numerous times both on Broadway and in the West End. First opening in 1955, and winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the play later made its London debut at the Comedy Theatre (now known as the Harold Pinter Theatre) in 1958. Since then, the drama has been revived at the Lyric Theatre in 2001 and at the Novello Theatre in 2009.
A searing tale about a family’s struggle to survive, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is to be produced by the Young Vic, and opens at the Apollo Theatre on July 25th 2017, beginning previews July 13th 2017.
Cast and Creative
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is directed by Benedict Andrews, who returns to the stage following an acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire at St Ann’s Warehouse. The production features design by Magda Willi, costume design by Alice Babidge and lighting design by Jon Clark. The play is one of Tennessee Williams’ most memorable, with further works including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Sweet Bird of Youth.
Hollywood stars Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell star in the revival as Maggie and Brick, respectively. Sienna Miller’s West End stage credits include As You Like It at Wyndham’s Theatre and Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as well as After Miss Julie and Cabaret on Broadway. Jack O’Connell is best known for his role in E4 drama Skins, as well as notable performances at the National Theatre and Royal Court. In 2015, he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award for roles in This is England, 71 and Unbroken.
Show Lengths and Times
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens at the Apollo Theatre London on July 13th and plays until October 17th 2017, with an official opening on July 25th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays.
Show running time is yet to be announced.
Suitable for Children?
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is recommended for those aged 15 and up.
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