Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama which premiered on Broadway in 1955.
The play is set on a Mississippi estate where patriarch Big Daddy is unaware he is dying from cancer as the truth has been kept from him by his children. Maggie, the 'cat' of the title, has married into this wealthy family to escape the poverty of her childhood but finds herself neglected by her alcoholic husband Brick.
Following its 1955 premiere, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof was made into a film in 1958 starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.
This new production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof was staged on Broadway last year with an all-black cast including James Earl Jones as Big Daddy and Phylicia Rashad, who both recreate their performances in the West End. Jones is a Tony Award-winning stage actor who has starred frequently on Broadway and is also well known for his film career, Rashad's Broadway credits include August: Osage County and A Raisin In The Sun, though she is still well known for playing Clair Huxtable in long running US comedy The Cosby Show.
The American duo is joined in the West End staging of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof by Laurence Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester as Brick and Sanaa Lathan, who also appeared with Rashad in A Raisin In The Sun, as Maggie.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is directed by actor and director Debbie Allen, who, as an actor, starred in Fame before making the move into television directing for shows including The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. She directed several theatrical productions for the Kennedy Center before making her Broadway debut with Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is suitable for theatregoers aged 12 and over.
For more about Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Novello theatre, read the First Night Feature.
Cast & Creatives
- James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Adrian Lester, Sanaa Lathan
- Tennessee Williams
- Debbie Allen
- Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones
- Aldwych, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 4LD
- 0844 482 5115 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Covent Garden (approx. 300m) Charing Cross (approx. 600m) Holborn (approx. 600m)
- Nearest bus
- 6, 13, 19, 77a
- Nearest train
- Charing Cross
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- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- Tel: 0844 482 5137 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
- Discounts available for disabled customers and their companions
- Limited mobility
- Only 10 steps to rear of Dress Circle.
- Access description
- 5 steps into the foyer through swing double doors. Box office on the left. To get to Stalls there are 20 steps. 10 steps up to Dress Circle seating. Staircases are highlighted and have handrails.
- Hearing impaired
- Infrared system in the auditorium
- Guide dogs policy
- Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium, but cloakroom staff can look after them.
- Separate access for wheelchair users off Catherine Street. 4 steps down inside the door. 2 spaces for wheelchair users in Box A. Venue not suitable for scooters. However, theatre provides transfer seats for 2 wheelchair/lightweight scooters in total per performance. Transfer seats are available at A32, A33, A10 and A11 in the Dress Circle (view better on right hand side). Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
- Men's and Women's toilets at Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle levels.
- Disabled toilets
- Adapted toilet to the right of the Dress Circle
- There are four licensed bars. Sam's Bar is situated behind the foyer down 7 steps although there is street access from Catherine Street via a ramp. The Shubert Bar is up 29 steps from the foyer. Ivor's Bar at the back of the stalls is down 2 steps and through the auditorium then a further 3 steps. The Waldorf Bar services the Grand Circle (up 17 steps) and Balcony (8 steps down).
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens