Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Roslyn Packer Theatre$27/student, $13.50/PSFP

Sydney Theatre Company and UBS present
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
By Tennessee Williams

A family’s fight to survive

Big Daddy is dying. Big Mama is in the dark. Brick is at the bottom of a bottle. But Maggie is alive, desperately alive, and dancing like a cat on a hot tin roof. We meet this fabled family when lies are rife, tensions are boiling over and their future is at stake.

An incomparable cast gather for this boozy, sultry furore of Southern fireworks. Hugo Weaving will be at his magnetic best as the commanding patriarch. The transcendent Pamela Rabe returns as Big Mama following her Helpmann Award-winning performance in The Children. Harry Greenwood (Cloud Nine) brings fresh brilliance to the stratified role of Brick and the beguiling Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon) will give us an unmissable Maggie the Cat. 

They are joined by STC favourites including Peter Carroll (Mary Stuart, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Josh McConville (Cloud Nine, All My Sons) and Anthony Brandon Wong (Chimerica). All the while, the extraordinary vision of award-winning Artistic Director Kip Williams continues to turn up the heat. 

Tennessee Williams’ classic play is set on a steamy plantation in the Mississippi Delta. It’s Big Daddy’s birthday. He’s built his family an empire of 12,000 acres, but that won’t help him beat cancer. Brick, the favourite son, is a golden boy drinking himself into oblivion, while his wife Maggie claws at him for a moment of affection. 

With a creative team leaning in to Tennessee Williams’ original desires and infusing this time-honoured story with scalding relevance, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will be an unforgettable night at the theatre. 

Production Patron Gretel Packer

Approx. duration 3 hrs (including 20 min interval, then later a 5 min pause). Subject to change.
Content warning Strong language, adult themes, nudity, herbal cigarettes, strobe effect lighting, loud sound effects, theatrical haze and the use of complete theatrical blackouts. Subject to change.


DRAMA STAGE 5 AND 6

  • Drama Stage 5: Dramatic Forms and Performance Styles: Realism/Scripted Drama
  • Drama Stage 6: Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles: Realism

THEMES AND IDEAS

  • Family inheritance
  • Truth and lies
  • Guilt and shame
  • Repressed sexuality
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