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29/05/2009Press Release

THE AWARD-WINNING SMASH HIT PRODUCTION OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’S “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” WITH AN ALL BLACK CAST starring JAMES EARL JONES, SANAA LATHAN, ADRIAN LESTER & PHLICIA RASHAD. TO OPEN AT THE NOVELLO THEATRE IN LONDON ON TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER

The award-winning smash hit Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’s “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”, which enjoyed a sell out run on Broadway last year with an all black cast, will open in London’s West End this winter. “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” will open at the Novello Theatre on Tuesday 1 December, following previews from 21 November. The limited season will finish on Saturday 10 April 2010.

As on Broadway, the cast will be headed by James Earl Jones as ‘Big Daddy’ and Phylicia Rashad as ‘Big Mama’. Joining them will be Adrian Lester and Sanaa Lathan, starring as ‘Brick’ and ‘Maggie’ respectively.

James Earl Jones won Tony Awards as ‘Best Actor’ for his performances in August Wilson’s “Fences” and “The Great White Hope”; he was also nominated for a Tony for his role in the revival of “On Golden Pond”. His other Broadway credits include “Master Harold and the Boys”, “Of Mice and Men” and “The Iceman Cometh”. Phylicia Rashad starred in the Broadway production of “August: Osage County” and won a Tony Award as ‘Best Actress’ for her role in “A Raisin in the Sun”. A two-time Emmy Award nominee, she is most famous for her role as ‘Clair Huxtable’ in “The Cosby Show”. Adrian Lester is best known for playing con-artist ‘Mickey Bricks’ in “Hustle”. His stage work includes an Olivier Award-winning performance in “Company”, “Hamlet”, “Henry V” and “As You Like It”. His films include “Primary Colors” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. Sanaa Lathan played ‘Michelle Landau’ in the television series “Nip/Tuck” and her films have included “The Best Man” opposite Taye Diggs and “Love & Basketball” opposite Omar Epps.

Further casting will be announced shortly.

“CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”, as on Broadway, will be directed by Debbie Allen and will be produced in London by its Broadway producer Stephen Byrd. Performances at the Novello Theatre will be Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £10.00 - £49.50, are available from the Novello Theatre Box Office on 0844 482 5170 or by visiting www.catwestend.com.


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