Sienna Miller, Jack O'Connell to Star in West End's 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'
Benedict Andrews will direct the London staging of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-winning play, which bows in July.
Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell are headed to London's West End.
The two actors are set to lead the Young Vic's production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which begins previews at the Apollo Theatre on July 13. The ten-week limited engagement will run through Oct. 7.
Benedict Andrews will direct the staging of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-winning play of greed, mendacity and death. Miller will play Maggie the Cat, the feisty wife who refuses to let a loveless marriage get in her way, and O'Connell will play her husband Brick, the former football hero now drowning his sorrows in bourbon. Set on a steamy night in Mississippi, the family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday, while Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof marks the Young Vic’s first production to debut directly in the West End and is presented by the Young Vic and The Young Ones. The drama first bowed on Broadway in 1955 and has been revived numerous times, with casts including Kathleen Turner, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson and Margo Martindale. An all-black production starred Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Giancarlo Esposito.
The show marks Miller's third turn on the West End, after Flare Path and As You Like It; she has appeared on Broadway in After Miss Julie and Cabaret. Her upcoming films include James Gray's explorer epic The Lost City of Z, Ben Lewin's drama The Catcher Was a Spy and Jake Scott's thriller The Burning Woman. She is repped by CAA and United Agents.
O’Connell was last onstage in The Nap at Sheffield Crucible Theatre. His upcoming projects include Andrew Haigh's Alexander McQueen biopic, Cédric Jimenez's WWII film The Man with the Iron Heart and Netflix's TV series Godless. He is repped by CAA and Conway van Gelder Grant.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof marks the second Williams classic that Andrews has tackled for the Young Vic, after directing Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire, which played both London and New York.