Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a Young Vic production directed by Benedict Andrews staring the beautiful Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell. The show opens with a completely naked Jack O’Connell (playing Brick) vomiting in the shower. Jack plays an alcoholic who’s father is desperate for him to have a family. Sienna plays Maggie, his head over heels in love wife who is desperate to have children to please Brick’s dad. His dad celebrates his birthday believing he has escaped a cancer diagnosis and his wife is convinced he has a much longer life ahead of him, she is besotted with him.
Is it not a really old show?
Whilst the play itself is 62 years old, the issues raised are still relevant today and the production has a brilliant contemporary feel to it. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is fairly timeless. The themes surround humans facing difficulties, it will always be relate-able. The show explores not only Brick’s reasons for drinking but also the impact it has on those around him.
There is a scene in which children scramble onto the stage in a chaotic manner, sparklers in hand as they cackle and scream – it’s pretty unsettling, but definitely makes you sit up in your seat.
What makes it different from other shows?
Interestingly, the second half of the show is much longer than the first. Normally, I would find this a bit annoying but actually given what is going on in the show at the time, it was very fitting and the timing of it all felt right. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is full of nudity, emotion and drama. There were a few tears in the room when I saw this, which I didn’t expect to happen given the full frontal nude start to the show.
Who should go and see it?
If you are a Skins fan, you will love Jack in this! Equally, if you are looking for something intense and hard hitting, I think you will enjoy this. There is a lot of nudity so do bare that in mind. I think it is necessary to get across the story and doesn’t feel too much. However, if you’re not a fan of watching Jack spend almost all of the first half in just a towel, then perhaps avoid this one. I don’t think I would be seeing this one with my mum that is for sure. It is said to be suitable for those over 15, however I would maybe suggest a higher age given the nudity and sensitive topics covered.
Where can I get tickets?
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is showing at the Apollo Theatre until the 7th of October. The nearest tube station is Covent Garden and you can purchase your tickets HERE.