Writer: Dr Seuss
Adaptor: Katie Mitchell
Director: Lille Collier
Reviewer: John Roberts
The Cat in the Hat is arguably Dr Seuss’ best known book, and here in Katie Mitchell’s honourable adaptation which received its world premiere at The National Theatre a few years ago has been revived by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd to enchant and excite children young and old.
On a colourful cartoon set designed by David Shields the eccentric world of Seuss has been brought vividly to life. Sally and Boy are stuck in the house with their pet fish, bored, because of the rain. An unexpected guest in the form of the Cat in the Hat played with energetic flamboyancy by Ashley Bates brings chaos in abundance to the little house. Credit should be given to Andrew Beckett and Wesley Dow as Thing 1&2 who really lift proceedings when they literally burst onto the stage.
Director Lillie Collier makes sure there is plenty to engage the children, visual gags and physical theatre being the order of the day as well as a few surprises too. What does disappoint is the tendency to not play the natural rhyme within the text, a shame especially as most people already know the source material so well.
However that small niggle shouldn’t distract from this charming and riotous production which will without a doubt be introducing many youngsters to the magical world of theatre for the very first time.
Runs until 25th August