Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Posted on:July 30, 2020

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Unlike the “Cat on the Hot Tin Roof” in the title of the three act play by Tennessee Williams if you contacted a company specialising in Flat Roofing Bristol your home would be cool, safe and dry. Adapted from his “Three Players of a Summer’s game” short story written in 1952, one of his personal favourites he wrote the famous play between 1953 and 1955.  The play is set in the Plantation Home of wealthy, Big Daddy Pollitt in the middle of the Mississippi Delta and centres around the lives and relationships of the Family especially Pollitt’s Son Brick and his wife Maggie the “Cat”.

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With eight main characters the play premiered on the 24th March 1955 in the Morosco Theatre, New York and contained scenes featuring Death, mendacity, loneliness, alcoholism, homosexuality and intricate personal relationships. With most of the scenes being set in Brick and Margret’s room on the Plantation in Mississippi. Brick is an alcoholic and cupboard homosexual and hasn’t been intimate with his wife Maggie for a long time leaving her feeling lonely and frustrated. With Big Daddy dying of Cancer the play is hard hitting as it deals with all these unresolved issues. The play was adapted for television in 1958 and starred Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie and Paul Newman as Brick.

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Originally starring Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie and Ben Gazzara as Brick the play was revised and altered quite substantially by Williams in 1974 and this updated version has been used for many of the subsequent revivals.