Few children’s books have stood the test of time quite like Dr Seuss’s 200-word masterpiece, The Cat in the Hat.
From the top-selling children’s author of all time, the story is as popular now as it was in the 1950s when Oxford University-educated Theodor Geissel wrote it. Now children and adults alike are sure to be left in raptures by this zany and imaginative stage show that brings the story to life.
Adapted for the stage in 2009 by the National Theatre of Great Britain, Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat tells the story of a brother and sister, bored and home alone on a rainy day, when they are visited by none other than The Cat in his red and white striped hat.
Their outspoken and outraged pet fish (yep, the fish talks… and is the babysitter!) is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”
Along with his friends, Thing One and Thing Two (hey, we all have those types of friends), they turn the house upside down, leaving mess everywhere. But have no fear, because The Cat brings in his red ‘Picker-Up Machine’ and all is back to normal before Mum walks in the door.
Over two years in the planning, Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat features a full-scale set of the house and over 70 props that the cast use to bring every detail of the much-loved book to life.