The Cat In The Hat, which plays from 11 December over the Christmas period, is based on the popular picture book by Dr Seuss, which tells the tale of a cat in a red and white striped hat who pays a visit to Sally and her brother. The trio gets up to all sorts of mischief together, but then mum comes home…
The production is something of a departure for director Katie Mitchell, a regular at the National, whose work normally comprises multi-media adaptations of classics aimed firmly at adult audiences, such as the recent …Some Trace Of Her, The Seagull and Waves. Her other piece for the National this autumn is an adaptation of Ferdinand Bruckner’s Pains Of Youth.
The National Theatre’s programme of work for young audiences has this year included a week of storytelling as part of the Watch This Space festival and New Connections, a series of plays aimed at teenagers.
The theatre has a history of producing theatre for young adults and family audiences, including successful productions of His Dark Materials, Coram Boy and, most recently, War Horse, which transferred to the West End where it is still playing. This year’s family offering is an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s adventure novel Nation, suitable for ages 10 and over, which plays in the Olivier from 11 November.
The Cat In The Hat plays in the Cottesloe theatre until 18 January, before transferring to the Young Yic from 28 January to 13 March.