NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

2017 | 185 minutes | |
Directed by Benedict Andrews

Thursday February 22, 2018

SPECIAL EVENT

$20 General Admission, $17 Member,
$12 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Benedict Andrews
Written by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Benedict Andrews, this thrilling revival of Tennessee Williams’s 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner burns bright enough to both scorch and illuminate. Starring a perfectly paired Jack O’Connell and Sienna Miller, this Young Vic production brings combustible conviction to a smoldering classic that has only rarely ignited in performance in recent years.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) starred Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

 

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"The best feature of Andrews’s production is that it combines emotional intensity with a leavening humour. You feel the tension between Brick, a star athlete who has retreated into alcoholism, and his wife, Maggie, who yearns for the sexual pleasure they once enjoyed. As the characters kick at a birthday cake or hurl ice cubes about the stage, we also get a sense of the desperation surrounding the inheritance of the dying Big Daddy’s estate. Andrews appreciates that Williams was a comic writer. Big Daddy’s grandchildren – from Brick’s brother, Gooper, and his wife, Mae – are rightly seen as gaudily overdressed monsters strategically deployed by their parents."--Michael Billington, The Guardian

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