On Saturday, I pursued the exploration of Tennessee William’s work with his famous Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. After attending Sweet Bird of Youth at Chichester Festival earlier this year, this production directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell (This is England, Unbroken…) was yet a different reading of William’s writing but still staged and performed brilliantly.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?