(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down on the corner with Aldwych.
Audiences will once again have a chance to witness “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” live onstage as the Tennessee Williams classic arrives in a London theatre this winter. Starring the stage and screen legend James Earl Jones alongside fellow actors Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Adrian Lester, “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” is a hotly anticipated production that will combine huge performing talent with impressive story telling.
The setting of the play is the southern state of Mississippi, where we are introduced to the characters of Brick Pollitt (played by Adrian Lester) and Maggie “The Cat” (Sanaa Lathan). The pair are married, but their marriage is not a happy one by any means. They arrive in the state to visit Brick’s family in the form of Big Daddy Pollit (James Earl Jones) and Big Mama Pollitt (Phylicia Rashad). It is Big Daddy’s birthday, but unknown to him is the secret that the family and his doctor are keeping from him – that of his oncoming death, caused by the onset of cancer. It means that the ceremony the family have gathered for is his last ever birthday.
James Earl Jones arrives at the Novello having played the role in the same production on Broadway (which was directed by Debbie Allen, who makes the transition to the West End as well). He is a renowned acting figure whose most well known work exploits his signature voice. He has provided his voice to many things, but perhaps the most famous one was Darth Vader in the Star Wars movie, as well as King Mufasa in “The Lion King”. His live action roles include the movies “Field Of Dreams” and “The Hunt For Red October” and Broadway roles such as “The Great White Hope” and “Of Mice and Men”.
Meanwhile the credits for the rest of the cast are just as far reaching, with Phylicia Rashad appearing on “The Cosby Show” and Sanaa Lathan appearing in “Nip/Tuck”, “Out Of Time” and “Alien vs. Predator”. Finally, British actor Adrian Lester is best known for his role in “Hustle”, with film credits that include “The Day After Tomorrow”.
“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” is at the Novello Theatre from Tuesday 1st December 2009 (previews from Sunday 22nd November 2009) to Saturday 10th April 2010.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 21st November 2009|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 10th April 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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