Production images have been released showing Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which opens at the Apollo Theatre next week. Miller and O’Connell star in Tennessee Williams’ play as Maggie and Brick. Brick is an ex-sportsman who has become an alcoholic following the death of his friend Skipper. Wife Maggie is desperate to have a child, but family struggles occur whilst they’re spending time at the home of Big Daddy in Mississippi. The Young Vic production, directed by Benedict Andrews, opens at the Apollo Theatre on 24th July.
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Benedict Andrews directs a West End revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre starring Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell.
Tennessee Williams' 1955 play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of the America dramatist's most well-known and popular plays, having been revived numerous times on Broadway and in London's West End. Originally opening on Broadway at the Morosco Theater on 24 March 1955 in a production that starred Barbara Bel Geddes, Ben Gazzara and Burl Ives, the play went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955.
Adapted into a film in 1958 the play had its London premiere in the same year, opening at the Comedy Theatre (now Harold Pinter) in a production directed by Peter Hall which starred Kim Stanley, Paul Massie and Leo McKern. Williams adapted the text for a revival in 1974 at the request of director Elia Kazan, introducing an alternative third and final ending.
A revival ran in London's West End in 2001 directed by Anthony Page at The Lyric Theatre starring Brendan Fraser and Frances O’Connor. Praised by the press it was described by The Sunday Times as one of the “most thrilling and distinguished accounts of a modern classic the West End has seen in years”.
In 2008 an all-African-American production was mounted on Broadway directed by Debbie Allen starring Terrence Howard in his Broadway debut alongside James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad. The production transferred to London's West End where it ran at the Novello Theatre in November 2009 starring Adrian Lester as Brick and Sanaa Lathan as Maggie with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Big Daddy. The production went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play.
The last Broadway revival opened in 2013 featuring Ciaran Hinds as Big Daddy alongside Debra Monk, Benjamin Walker and Scarlett Johansson as Maggie.
Set in the plantation home of Big Daddy in the heart of the Mississippi Delta during the 1950s, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof follows ex-sportsman Brick who has become an alcoholic following the death of his best friend Skipper. Physically estranged from his beautiful wife Maggie 'the cat', he spends most of his time locked in his room depressed and riddled with anxiety. Maggie's desperation to have a child becomes accentuated as it is revealed that Big Daddy is dying of cancer, and whilst the rest of the family flock round him eager to solidify their inheritance, Maggie's frustration at the lack of children and grandchildren to offer Big Daddy and Big Mamma grows. As questions are raised over the relationship between Brick and Skipper, family tensions boil over as Big Daddy sees his estate being divided from under him, calling out their 'mendacity' and attempting to reconcile with his son Brick. An intense and rewarding play about family values.
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Images have been released showing Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell in rehearsals for the Young Vic production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which opens at the Apollo Theatre later this month. Miller plays Maggie alongside O'Connell, who plays Maggie's husband Brick. The play is set on an estate in Mississippi where Brick's family are meeting for a gathering. Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with the play in 1955, after it premiered in New York.
Further casting has been announced for the Young Vic's upcoming West End revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams which runs at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End from 13 July to 7 October 2017, with an official opening on 24 July. Lisa Palfrey will star as Big Mama alongside Hayley Squires as Mae, Brian Gleeson as Gooper, Richard Hansel as Doctor and Michael J Shannon as Reverend. They will join the previously announced Sienna Miller (Maggie), Jack O’Connell (Brick) and Colm Meaney (Big Daddy) with the younger members of the Company to be announced at a later date.
It has been announced that Colm Meaney will star as Big Daddy in the upcoming Young Vic revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof directed by Benedict Andrews, which runs at the Apollo Theatre from 13 July to 7 October 2017, with an official opening on 24 July. Meaney will join the previously announced Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in this new production which features set design by Magda Willi, costume design by Alice Babidge, lighting by Jon Clark and sound design by Gareth Fry. Full casting is yet to be announced.
Benedict Andrews will direct a new West End production of Tennessee Williams' 1955 play Cat On a Hot Tin Roof which will run at the Apollo Theatre starring Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell from 13 July 2017 to 7 October 2017, with an official opening on 24 July. Presented by The Young Vic Theatre and The Young Ones, this production marks the Young Vic’s first production to debut directly in the West End. Andrews previously directed a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic Theatre in 2014 that starred Gillian Anderson which went on to transfer to BAM in New York City.