Benedict Andrews directs this new Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams’ classic Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell at the West End’s Apollo Theatre until 7 October 2017. What have critics been saying?
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?
Guardian: ★★★ “The best feature of Andrews’s production is that it combines emotional intensity with a leavening humour.”
Telegraph: ★★★★ ” it’s well acted, stylishly presented and very nicely, erm, tackled”
Hollywood Reporter: “Andrews and his designer Magda Willi imaginatively replace intimacy with oppressiveness in the Apollo’s proscenium.”
The Stage: ★★★ “Andrews’ chosen aesthetic never completely connects with the emotional world of the characters.”
Evening Standard: ★★★ “Miller turns in a faultless performance.”
Time Out: ★★★ “Miller and O’Connell are, to be frank, limited leads. Nice ideas and some moments of magic but it all adds up to an interesting mediocrity.”
Daily Mail: ★★★ “Benedict Andrews’s production, set in the modern day rather than in Williams’s 1950s, is overdone. ”
The Times: ★★★★ “Fireworks and sizzling Sienna: this roof is more than just hot.”
The Independent: ★★★★ “It’s unforgettable and not just because Andrews’s intrepid production leaves the stage covered with ice-cubes and shredded birthday cake. Strongly recommended.”
London Theatre1: ★★★★ “This is an intriguing and thoughtful revival of a modern classic, best enjoyed by those who like what they see at the theatre to be thrilling and powerful.”