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Cat On a Hot Tin Roof based on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize play at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


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The temperature might be dropping outside, but it's set to heat up on stage as a bold new revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof comes to the county.

The co-production from Leicester’s Curve theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and English Touring Theatre (ETT), will be at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury this week.

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof will be at the Marlowe Theatre Picture: Marc Brenner
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof will be at the Marlowe Theatre Picture: Marc Brenner

Opening tonight, the show depicts a sweltering Mississippi night, where the lies are as stifling as the heat.

Maggie has fought up from poverty, only to find herself in a passionless, burning marriage. Her husband Brick Pollitt, a former pro footballer, drinks to drown out the hurt he has bottled up inside.

When the entire Pollitt family meet for Big Daddy’s 65th birthday, the claws are out. As shattering truths threaten to spiral out of control, the family set out to protect themselves, and each other, from falling apart.

Siena Kelly, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Channel 4’s Adult Material at this year’s BAFTAs, plays the role of Maggie, with Oliver Johnstone as her distant and troubled husband Brick. The crown's Teresa Banham will appear as Big Mama and Peter Forbes plays Big Daddy, the Pollitt family’s vivid patriarch.

The roles of the Pollitt family children will be played by local young actors.

Shanay Rafaat and Oliver Johnstone in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Picture: Marc Brenner
Shanay Rafaat and Oliver Johnstone in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Picture: Marc Brenner

Director Anthony Almeida said: "In his typical swagger, Tennessee Williams tore up the rules: he wrote not just one, but four colossal, enigmatic roles. It’s going to be dynamite to witness these talented actors go head-to- head onstage. This entire cast are electric.”

The show is at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury from Wednesday, October 6 to Saturday, October 9. Book tickets on the website here or by calling the box office on 01227 787787.

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