Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ
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Opened: 13 Jul 2017
Booking from: 06 Oct 2017
Booking until: 07 Oct 2017
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  • joc78 5"4 female 185 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 30th August 2017
    ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ has always been my favourite Tennessee Williams play but this production felt lacklustre. For me, the staging and direction were all over the place. It felt very chaotic, confused and a real mess. I couldn’t feel the intensity between the characters of Brick and Maggie. In terms of casting, unfortunately Jack O’Connell was a poor choice as Brick. His southern accent was over-wrought by his Irish lilt which spoilt it for me. Sienna Miller was just ‘ok’ as Maggie, however Colm Meany was a good choice as Big Daddy. He commanded the stage and was solid throughout. It’s such a shame as I really wanted to enjoy this play but it just lacked that spark for me. However, the theatre was completely full and everybody seemed to love the production, so maybe it was just me!!
    This seat is the second to back row in the Grand Circle of the Apollo Theatre. You are on the end seat of an aisle so if you do have long legs, you can at least stretch them out onto the stairs. The view of the stage was ok until the guy in front started to lean forward which then meant I couldn’t see ANYTHING on the left hand side of the stage. He was only leaning forward because the guy in front of him was leaning forward etc etc so it created a domino effect. As I had to lean forward it meant my back was in agony at the end of the production from not sitting straight for nigh on 3 hours. I wouldn’t recommend this seat at all!
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  • RichardBayton 6"2 male 100 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 4th October 2017
    Cat On A Hot Tin Roof was INCREDIBLE!! Perhaps just a tad too long - almost 3 hours with just a 15 minute interval. But Jack O’Connell and Sienna Miller were phenomenal! Definitely worth seeing this show if you can! X
    All seats in Dress Circle have quite hard backs and very little leg room. I had to ask the nice people next to me to move a seat along so I can put my legs to the side. The view from the dress is fantastic but try and go for central. Aisle seats for the best legroom experience.
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  • js53 5'1" 14 reviews 0 helpful votes
    40% total rating Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 28th August 2017
    Disliked it - overthought and production gimmicks got in the way of the play; updating the setting didn't work. Disappointed because the same director's Streetcar at the Young Vic recently was one of the best things I have seen ever!
    Not bad for a pretty cheap ticket but bit squashed and you are a long way from the stage which might have contributed to me losing patience with the production!
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  • keidypukk 164 cm female 9 reviews 0 helpful votes
    60% total rating Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 31st July 2017
    I was expecting more. Maybe the experience wasn't as great as I was sitting relatively far back, but I never felt like it 'clicked'. Lots of energy was wasted on the accents (which were horrible and not always present) and there was lots of relying on the nudity (which wore off after about 5 minutes). They've also tried to add pretty much everything from the play, but not explaining any of it, so at times it just feels cluttered. I would've expected Jack's character to be more broken (rather than just annoyed) and Sienna's character to be more 'in heat' (I never once believed she genuinely lusted after her man).
    I'm only 5'3, so legroom isn't usually an issue for me. As we were high up, I ended up leaning in a lot anyway, so I never felt like it was too tight. View wise - you'll need to lean in, but doing so you will see the whole stage. It's obviously just not ideal to have to lean in for the whole time nor will you see much of the reactions, which isn't necessarily an issue for a grand musical, but for Cat, I felt like sitting so far made not quite feel close enough to the story. There is a rail to your left (so 21-22 etc.) which is slightly more obstructing. I actually had seat 22, but 20 was empty and I preferred that.
The Apollo Theatre’s Stalls have the best views and legroom, however a slight overhang does affect Row N backwards. The Dress Circle also often can give good views, however with a curved layout particularly affecting the ends of the first few Rows, these are often best avoided.

The Grand Circle is a lot more distant and down-facing, however if this isn’t an issue for you, some great value for money tickets can be found in this section.
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Tennessee Williams’ classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof returns to the London West End this summer. Opening at the Apollo Theatre on the 13th July 2017, this new production of the classic play stars Jack O’Connell and Sienna Miller.

Set on a humid night in Mississippi, a family in the Deep South get together at their cotton plantation for a party for Big Daddy’s birthday, but the fiery heat is suffocating with all the lies that they tell.

Secrets and sexual tensions boil to the surface as Brick and Maggie try and dance around the truths that could end their marriage. All is at stake and the family is in jeopardy, but where does the truth really lie and what will actually win out.

Sienna Miller stars as Maggie. Miller is one of the best known faces in Hollywood, having stared in a huge range of films including Stardust, Layer Cake and American Sniper. She is no stranger to the stage either, having also featured in a range of West End and Broadway shows including the 2015 Studio 54 revival of Cabaret and the 2011 Theatre Royal Haymarket production of Flare Path.

Up-and-coming British actor Jack O’Connell co-stars as Brick. O’Connell first made his name in the TV series Skins before becoming internationally known for his acclaimed performances in gritty films such as Harry Brown, Starred Up, ’71 and Unbroken.

The pair are joined by an incredible ensemble, including Lisa Palfrey as Big Mama, Hayley Squires as Mae, Brian Gleeson as Gooper, Richard Hansel as Doctor and Michael J Shannon as Reverend.

This new production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is directed by Benedict Andrews, the multi-award winning Australian director whose production of another renowned Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire, was met with acclaim by both audiences and critics alike when it opened at the Young Vic theatre, starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is also produced by the Young Vic, in a landmark production that will mark the first time that a Young Vic play has premiered in the West End, after a run of recent acclaimed transfers which has included A View from a Bridge, Golem and The Scottsboro Boys.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is set to begin previews at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West end on 13th July 2017, with an official opening on 24th July 2017, being set to continue until 7th October.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is perfect for any Tennessee Williams fans, especially those who saw the Young Vic’s previous production of A Streetcar Named Desire, also directed by Benedict Andrews. With the star casting of two of the biggest names in stage and screen, Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell, tickets for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are set to fly out.

Age Recommendations: Age recommendation: 15+