Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

An incomparable cast take on Tennessee Williams' classic for a bold, sexy night of fireworks. On a steamy night in Mississippi, lies are rife and the family’s future is at stake.

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play

★★★★ Audrey Journal   ★★★★1/2 The Music
“Superb cast sizzles in muscular Williams classic” The Australian



Sydney Theatre Company and UBS present


By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Kip Williams


A bold, sexy night of explosive revelations


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 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. More info
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. More info


Please be aware that several performances of this production coincide with Vivid Sydney Festival (24 May - 15 Jun). Please check your performance date and, if affected, plan your trip and allow additional travel time to reach the theatre.




Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $114
Adult B Reserve $104
Seniors cardholder $104
Concession $89
Under 30 $83


Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $124
B Reserve $114


Preview performances
All tickets $83


Transaction fees may apply
$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter





Previews 29 Apr - 2 May 2019
Season 4 May - 8 Jun 2019


Performance start times
Preview performances 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Mon & Tue 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Wed 1pm; Sat 1.30pm
Schools Days performances 11.30am


Approx. duration 3 hrs (including 20 min interval, then later a 5 min pause). Subject to change. More info




Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $114
Adult B Reserve $104
Seniors cardholder $104
Concession $89
Under 30 $83


Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $124
B Reserve $114


Preview performances
All tickets $83


Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.


Transaction fees may apply
$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter


Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info


Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.




Captioned performance
Tue 28 May 6.30pm
Fri 7 Jun 7.30pm


Audio described performance
Sat 8 Jun 1.30pm


For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats.




Wed 22 May 11.30am


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Director Kip Williams
Set Designer David Fleischer
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Susanna Dowling
Fight Director Nigel Poulton


Addison Bourke, Tristan Bowes, Anthony Brandon Wong, Peter Carroll, Harry Greenwood, Emily Harriss, Jye McCallum, Josh McConville, Zahra Newman, Pamela Rabe, Holly Simon, Nikki Shiels, Lila Artemise Tapper, Arie Trajcevski, Hugo Weaving, Jerra Wright-Smith


Marketing image Rene Vaile
Production photos Daniel Boud


This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.




We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.  


Pier Group Lunch
Mon 25 Mar 12pm
The Pavilion Restaurant, 1 Art Gallery Road
$75pp including a two-course lunch and glass of wine
Past event


Pre-season Briefing
Mon 15 Apr 6.45pm
Roslyn Packer Theatre
FREE, but bookings are essential as capacity is limited.
Past event


Matinee Club
Wed 8 May 12pm
Past event


Night with the Actors
Mon 20 May post-show
Mon 3 Jun post-show
Past event



“Superb cast sizzles in muscular Williams classic” The Australian


★★★★ "Extreme high drama and emotion" Audrey Journal


★★★★1/2 "It’s passionate, it’s vivid, it’s raw. It’s essential theatre." The Music


"There is a lot that is sublime in director Kip Williams’ vision ... Actor Zahra Newman is entirely splendid as Maggie ... Big Daddy is masterfully performed by Hugo Weaving" Suzy Goes See


"Zahra Newman and Hugo Weaving give dazzling performances" Limelight Magazine


"Harry Greenwood and Zahra Newman play this scene brilliantly" The Australian


"Captivating and powerful, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof forces the audience to consider what we are prepared to do to achieve our goals and what do we do if our dreams aren't going to plan." Broadway World




“A smoldering classic.” The New York Times


“Given that it is Tennessee Williams's best play, it is surprising how rarely we see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The Guardian


“An astonishing, multi-faceted, symphonic play.” The Guardian


“The play offers a social critique and rich southern humour.” The Guardian



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