Cat on a hot tin roof
Novello Theatre
Aldwych WC2B 4LD
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Novello Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Novello Theatre Into The Hoods PhotoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 21st Nov 09
Opens 1st Dec 09
Closes 10th Apr 10
Show Times
Monday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinée Wed & Sat 2.30 pm

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We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.


Tennessee Williams' great play has been graced, deservedly, by some of the greatest actors ever to be remembered. Like some of the massive Shakespeare parts each time it's played one wonders how any actors could play it as well. What more could be said? Apparently a lot more.

This production has not only taken it to a wider audience -particularly in America where the show was a Broadway smash hit - but with amazing emotional sincerity. Each part is an icon of Humanity's great challenge - how families deal with the consequences of hiding the truth from each other. Tennessee, being a master of the 'inadmissible', carries us through the transition from the lies to the truth.

This play pulls no punches on issues of almost masochistic repression, sadistic suppression and loveless rejection. Although the play storms through the pain in each of the characters' lives, it has moved audiences for many decades with a certain easiness that carries dark drama to the lightness of truth.

The art of a fine playwright gives scope for artists to give their all. And they do. Again - how are they going to follow this one?

The Story

Big Daddy - the very rich man and his wife get together for his last birthday only he is sure he isn't going to die even though the doctors say he is to the family. They don't tell him. His beloved son is attempting to hide his secret from his fatehr and his wife Maggie ( the cat) who is very poor at covering up her secret of being rejected by her husband who blames it all on drink. Big Mama is a mother - too suppressed to express her heart - that seems to be her secret.

Cat on a hot tin roof

"Beauty is communication from the heart"- Phylicia Rashad

Big Daddy is in no mood for hiding anything though and Brick is mostly too wrapped up in his pain to be careful - in vino veritas. The story revolves around the stripping off the layers to get to the truth underneath their near storybook ideal lives.

The cast and the production have been given considerable acclaim. Any Tennessee Williams fan is going to love this performance and anyone else will get a new perspective on Tennessee's art.


James Earl Jones – Big Daddy
Phylicia Rashad – Big Mama
Adrian Lester – Brick
Sanaa Lathan – Maggie
Richard Blackwood– Brightie
Derek Griffiths – Reverend Tooker
Nina Sosanyar – Mae
Guy Burgess – Lacey
Claudia Cadette – Nanny
Peter De Jersey – Gooper
Susan Lawson-Reynolds – Sookey
Joseph Mydell – Doctor Baugh
Gemma O’Duffy – Swing

Producer - Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones
Sound - Richard Brooker
Director - Debbie Allen
Design - Morgan Large
Costume- Fay Fullerton
Lighting - David Holmes

© 2011 Updated 10th Mar 2010