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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - final casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RICHARD Blackwood (as Brightie), Derek Griffiths (Reverend Tooker) and Nina Sosanya (Mae) will join James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Adrian Lester and Sanaa Lathan in Debbie Allen’s sell-out Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which opens at the Novello Theatre on December 1, 2009 (previews from November 21).

A powerful Southern family gathers at a birthday celebration for patriarch Big Daddy who is unaware he is dying. In a scramble to secure their part of his estate, family members hide the truth about his diagnosis from him and Big Mama.

Tensions mount between alcoholic former football hero Brick and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie ‘the Cat’. As their troubled relationship comes to a stormy and steamy climax, a shockwave of secrets is finally revealed.

The cast also includes Guy Burgess (Lacey), Claudia Cadette (Nanny), Peter De Jersey (Gooper), Susan Lawson-Reynolds (Sookey) and Joseph Mydell (Doctor Baugh). They are joined by Yvonne Gidden who will understudy Big Mama.

Richard Blackwood‘s stage credits include Roy Williams’ Angel House and The Unexpected Guest (national tours) and The Brothers (Hackney Empire). As well as his own show for Channel 4, Blackwood’s television credits include Britannia High, Dani’s House, Shoot The Messenger and Little Miss Jocelyn. He is also a regular at the Comedy Store in the West End and presents his own radio programme on Choice FM.

Derek Griffiths‘ extensive theatre credits include The Miser, The Odd Couple, The Government Inspector, Nude with Violin and Loot (Royal Exchange Theatre); Peter Pan, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Run for Your Wife and Noises Off (West End); and Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company).

On screen, he has appeared in Doctors, Holby City, Casualty, Queen’s Park Story and Insect Antics (TV); Gallowwalker and Fierce Creatures (film).

Nina Sosanya‘s theatre credits include Rosalind in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company); Fix Up and House and Garden (National Theatre); and The Vortex (Donmar Warehouse). Her screen credits include Framed, Cape Wrath and Doctor Who (TV); Manderlay, Code 46 and Love Actually (film).

Produced by Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones for Front Row Productions, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof has set designs by Morgan Large, costume designs by Fay Fullerton, lighting by David Holmes, sound by Richard Brooker and original music by Andrew “Tex” Allen.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is booking until April 10, 2010.

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