New Productions Of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF + A CHRISTMAS CAROL To Receive London Premieres At Alexandra Palace | The Fan Carpet

New Productions Of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF + A CHRISTMAS CAROL To Receive London Premieres At Alexandra Palace

19 February 2020


Alexandra Palace’s restored Victorian Theatre will present the London premieres of two new productions later this year; Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (30 September – 11 October) and a new adaption of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by Mark Gatiss (27 November – 10 January). Tickets for both productions are on sale NOW.

A co-production between Alexandra PalaceCurveRose Theatre and English Touring Theatre, and supported by grant funding from the Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will be directed by Anthony Almeida, winner of the 2019 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award with set and costume design by Rosanna Vize.



On a sweltering Mississippi night, the lies are as stifling as the heat.

Maggie has fought up from poverty, only to find herself in a passionless, burning marriage. Her husband Brick, a former pro footballer, drinks to drown out the hurt he has bottled up inside.

When the entire Pollitt family meet for Big Daddy’s 65th birthday, the claws are out.  As shattering truths threaten to spiral out of control, the family set out to protect themselves, and each other, from falling apart.

This bold new revival of Tennessee Williams's lyrical Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is a blazing portrayal of what it takes to survive in a society where we're all desperate to feel free. The production will open at Curve from 11 – 26 September before playing Alexandra Palace on the 30 September – 11 October and Rose Theatre ahead of a UK tour.

Over the festive period, a brand-new adaptation of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Adam Penford, will play the Alexandra Palace Theatre. Produced by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Nottingham PlayhouseA Christmas Carol will premiere at Nottingham Playhouse, prior to its London premiere at the Palace with opening night on 3 December.

It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley. Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters…



Following his acclaimed performance as the king in Nottingham Playhouse’s award-winning production of The Madness of George III in 2018, also directed by Adam Penford, Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) leads an ensemble cast, in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story, filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects.

Audiences will also have the opportunity to join Mark in conversation with broadcaster and historian Mathew Sweet at the Alexandra Palace Theatre for ON: SCREEN: IN PERSON on the 23 March, a new series of exclusive Q&As featuring major figures in television and film, presented by Big Screen Live.

Hidden for over 80 years the Alexandra Palace Theatre was reopened to the public in December 2018 following a multi-million-pound restoration project which saw the space reawakened and its Victorian features restored. Originally built in 1875 the theatre was home to some of the most advanced stage machinery and mechanics of the age, delighting audiences with a broad array entertainment from pantomime to opera and drama to music hall.

Since reopening just over a year ago, the multi-award-winning space has hosted a wide range of events from theatre to fashion, jazz to opera and stand-up comedy to cinema. The restoration of the theatre, celebrates Alexandra Palace’s enduring story of innovation and entertainment as the charity continues repairing, restoring and maintaining the Park and Palace for public recreation and enjoyment.



Curve, Alexandra Palace, Rose Theatre and English Touring Theatre present

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Anthony Almeida
Set and Costume Design by Rosanna Vize
Supported by grant funding from the Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST)

Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
First performance: 30 September
Final performance: 11 October
Opening Night: TBC

Box office:
Recommended age 12+
Prices from £10 + Booking Fees

Follow Alexandra Palace on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter on: @YourAllyPally

Eleanor Lloyd Productions present the Nottingham Playhouse production of

A Ghost Story
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Adam Penford

Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

First performance: November 27th 2020
Final performance: January 10th 2021
Opening Night: December 3rd 2020 at 7pm

Box office:
Recommended age 12+
Prices from £15 + Booking Fees

Follow Alexandra Palace on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter on: @YourAllyPally

About Alexandra Park and Palace   
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust is the body responsible for maintaining and repairing the charitable assets of Alexandra Park and Palace as a place of public resort and recreation, forever, by Act of Parliament. The Charity aims to restore the iconic assets to create a successful and sustainable asset for all.

Today Alexandra Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of Grade II listed parkland and offers unprecedented views of the city. The multi-award-winning destination maintains its original enterprising spirit by hosting an eclectic mix of live music, sport, cultural and leisure events throughout the year.

English Touring Theatre
English Touring Theatre are a UK based international touring company. They create theatre of outstanding quality, imagination and ambition; work which interrogates and celebrates contemporary England and reflects the diversity of our nation.  Staging a balance of new and classic work, ETT make theatre that is imaginative, responsive and alive: sparking dialogue and fostering connectivity.  ETT are proud to tour shows that reach the widest possible range of audiences across the UK and beyond, engaging in a national and global conversation.  ETT won the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015, 2016 and Best Play Revival in 2019.

Rose Theatre
Rose Theatre is the largest producing theatre in South West London.

With over 150,000 visitors a year, the Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own productions and co-productions as well as from hosting the work of renowned theatre companies. With an auditorium that lends itself to both intimate and epic scale productions, the Rose has established itself as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.

2019 Rose productions include: a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen for the festive season; the first revival of Valued Friends by Stephen Jeffreys in 30 years; the critically acclaimed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which played in the West End following a successful UK tour; the first stage adaptation and world première of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend adapted by April De Angelis and directed by Melly Still now running at the National Theatre until February 2020 and a revival of Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones directed by Lindsay Posner, which toured the UK and Ireland.

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