Who can forget the smoldering Elizabeth Taylor (and the equally smoldering Paul Newman) in the film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”? The famous play has been performed countless times since it was first shown in 1955 in New York. It won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama that same year.
This time around, Culture at the Cinema brings a live recording of the West End production to the big screen for one night only on March 17. Feel like you are sitting in the theater with the best seat in the house as the camera gives you unprecedented views of all the action on stage.
Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” director Benedict Andrews’s “thrilling revival” (New York Times) starred Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
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?
Tennessee Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest playwrights in American history. Between the mid-1940s and the early 1960s, he wrote several award-winning plays, including “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Known for gritty characters and heartbreaking themes, these plays combined poetic language with dramatic flair and are recognized today as American classics.
“Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth.” – Metro
“A bold reimagining. Innovative and powerfully acted.” – Sunday Times
“A brilliant, lacerating account of the play…unforgettable.” – Independent
‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ will be shown at the Camana Bay Cinema on March 17. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and include a glass of bubbly. Licensed bar on premises. Only 18 and old will be admitted. For more information and schedule, see www.bigscreen.ky.