One of the most seductive evocations of the Deep South, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize-winning Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre next month.
The co-production with Northern Stage, Newcastle, and Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatres is to be directed by Royal & Derngate’s artistic director James Dacre and with original music by the band White Lies.
Cat plays on Northampton’s Royal stage from October 1-18 after opening in Newcastle.
The stifling heat of the plantation. A relationship on the brink. A night of bourbon-soaked confrontations and a family dynasty in crisis.
Brimming with emotional intensity, this powerful drama sees members of the family gather together on the night of patriarch and cotton tycoon Big Daddy’s 65th birthday.
Keeping from him the news that he is dying, the evening spirals into disaster as the family scramble to secure their part of his inheritance.
Taking the role of Big Mama is seasoned Broadway and West End performer Kim Criswell, who was nominated for an Olivier for Best Actress in Musical for the title role in Annie Get Your Gun.
Playing the part of Big Daddy is Daragh O’Malley, a veteran of RSC seasons, also well known from TV series Sharpe and films The Long Good Friday and Withnail and I.
Mariah Gale whose credits with the Royal Shakespeare Company include Juliet, Ophelia, Miranda and Portia, plays the iconic role of Maggie the Cat.
James Dacre said: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, written on the eve of the sexual and civil rights revolution, is one of America’s greatest plays.
“I’m thrilled that Royal & Derngate, Northern Stage and the Royal Exchange – all as intimate and as grand as the story itself – are working together for the first time to stage Tennessee Williams’ incendiary masterpiece.”
After playing in Northampton the production transfers to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.