Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star as Maggie and Brick, respectively, in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, beginning performances July 13 prior to an official opening July 24, for a 12-week season through October 7. The play will be directed by Benedict Andrews and is produced by the Young Vic, where Andrews previously staged Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire that transferred to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brookyn.
The production marks the first time the Young Vic has produced a show directly in the West End. Previously, they have transferred their productions of A View from a Bridge (also Broadway), Golem, The Scottsboro Boys, Simply Heavenly, Tintin, and A Doll’s House to the West End.
Miller trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. She was last onstage in the West End as Patricia in Flare Path at the Theatre
Royal, Haymarket Theatre and was previously seen at Wyndham’s Theatre as Celia in As You Like It. Her Broadway theatre credits include After Miss Julie and Cabaret. Her films include Live by Night, Mississippi Grind, Layer Cake, Alfie, Casanova, Factory Girl, American Sniper, Foxcatcher, The Edge of Love, G.I. Joe, Yellow, and the forthcoming The Lost City of Z.
O’Connell was last seen onstage in The Nap at Sheffield Crucible Theatre. His other theatre credits include Scarborough for the Royal Court and The Spiderman, The Musicians, and Just for NT Shell Connections. His films include Money Monster, 300: Rise of an Empire, Unbroken, ’71, Starred Up, Liability, Private Peaceful, Tower Block, Weekender, Wayfaring Stranger, Eden Lake, and Black Dog. O’Connell will next be seen on screen in Tulip Fever, The Man with the Iron Heart as well as starring in the Netflix TV series Godless. His project Home won the BAFTA for British Short Film in 2017.
In addition to A Streetcar Named Desire, Andrews has previously directed his own version of Three Sisters at the Young Vic, as well as that theatre’s production of Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, a co-production with English National Opera. He has also directed La Boheme and Detlev Glanert’s Caligula for ENO at their home theatre, the London Coliseum. His many directing credits for Sydney Theatre Company include The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, which toured to the Lincoln Center Festival in New York; and Big and Small, which came to the Barbican, also starring Blanchett.
Set designs are by Magda Willi with costume designs by Alice Babidge and lighting by Jon Clark. Further casting is still to be announced.
Tickets, which are on sale now, are available from the box offices of the Apollo Theatre on 0330 333 4809 and the Young Vic on 020 7922 2922, or visit youngvicwestend.com.