Lisa Palfrey, Hayley Squires, Brian Gleeson, Richard Hansel, and Michael J. Shannon are the latest additions to the cast of the Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
These actors join the previously announced Sienna Miller as Maggie, Jack O’Connell as Brick, and Colm Meaney as Big Daddy. The younger members of the company will be announced at a later date.
Directed by Benedict Andrews, the 12-week run will begin previews in the West End July 13 at the Apollo Theatre with an official opening scheduled for July 24. Performances will continue through October 7.
Palfrey will play Big Mama; her theatre credits include Junkyard for Headlong, Much Ado About Nothing for Theatre Clwyd, The Seagull for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and The Kitchen Sink for the Bush Theatre.
Squires is set to take on the role of Mae. Her theatre credits include The Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall and As Good a Time as Any at The Print Room. For the role of Katie in Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning I, Daniel Blake, she won the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, and a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Gleeson, who will play Gooper, was most recently seen onstage in The Weir at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. His other theatre credits include The Walworth Farce at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, and the Donmar Warehouse production of The Night Alive, which also ran at the Atlantic Theatre in New York.
Hansell has been tapped to play Doctor; his more recent theatre credits include Lazarus at the King’s Cross Theatre, the Young Vic’s production of A View From the Bridge, which transferred to the West End and then to Broadway, and Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.
Shannon’s theatre credits include The Dining Room and The Glass Menagerie (both at Greenwich Theatre) and Artichoke for the Tricycle Theatre. He'll play Reverend in the Young Vic production.
The production will feature set design by Magda Willi, costume design by Alice Babidge, lighting design by Jon Clark, and sound design by Gareth Fry.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real—and which will win out?
For ticket information, visit YoungVicWestEnd.com.