Cat on A Hot Tin Roof



  • Tennessee Williams's drama about a troubled Southern family bullied by its terminally ill patriarch. The play, which earned Williams a second Pulitzer Prize for Drama, opened on Broadway in 1955, in a production by Elia Kazan.Its London run began in 1957 at the Comedy Theatre. The plot centres on Big daddy, a rich cotton-plantation owner, and his scheming mendacious family. His son, Brick, is an alcoholic who has become impotent because his wife, Maggie 'The Cat', once seduced his best friend, Skipper. Maggie desperately wants to produce an heir for Big Daddy's fortune; the play ends with her attempt to arouse Brick's sexual interest. The 1958 Hollywood film starred Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor asBrick and Maggie: Burl Ives reprised his stage role as Big Daddy. There havebeen several Broadway revivals, including an all-Black production starring JamesEarl Jones in 2008.