Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in rehearsals ahead of new tour
Tennessee Williams' play returns
Rehearsal photos have been released for the upcoming touring production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, co-produced by Curve Leicester, Liverpool Everyman and English Touring Theatre.
Directed by Anthony Almeida, winner of the 2019 Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) Sir Peter Hall Director Award, it opens at Curve on 3 September (press night 8 September) and will then tour venues across England and Wales. Rosanna Vize designs the set for the production, with associate designs and costume designs from Sarah Mercadé. Joshua Gadsby will provide lighting designs, Giles Thomas will compose new music and create the sound design, and movement direction will come from Gemma Payne.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play sees the entire Pollitt family meet up for Big Daddy's 65th birthday in Mississippi. As shattering truths threaten to spiral out of control, the family set out to protect themselves, and each other, from falling apart.
Siena Kelly (Adult Material) plays Maggie, with Oliver Johnstone (All My Sons) as Brick. Teresa Banham (The Crown) plays Big Mama and Peter Forbes (Follies) plays Big Daddy. Also in the cast are the cast as Gooper and his wife Mae are Sam Alexander (The Watsons) and Shanaya Rafaat (Jude). Suzette Llewellyn (EastEnders) plays Doctor Baugh, with Minal Patel (A Christmas Carol) as Reverend Tooker.
After concluding its Curve run on 18 September, the show will visit Liverpool Playhouse (22 September to 2 October), Marlowe Theatre (6 to 9 October), The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich (12 to 16 October), Theatre Clwyd (19 to 23 October), concluding at Mast Mayflower Studios Southampton (26 to 30 October).
The show is cast by Ginner Schiller and the production team is completed by Curve's Birkbeck trainee director Jennifer Lane Baker as assistant director, production manager Sam Paterson, company stage manager Helen Gaynor, deputy stage manager Robyn Clogg and assistant stage manager Zoe Leonard.