The Cat in the Hat at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh Review

6-9 February 2019


Reviewed by Emily Crombie

Last night, The Cat in the Hat opened at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh to an excited young audience.

Following the story of The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss, Sally and her brother have to come indoors on a wet, grim day while their mother is away and can’t quite decide what to do with themselves. That is until Cat in the Hat enters and starts to perform some tricks much to the disgust of their fish who continues to voice her opinion that the Cat should not be there! The cat then is joined by Thing 1 and Thing 2 who take things to a whole new level of mayhem. When things can’t get any worse they leave but Cat in the Hat returns to help put things right before mother returns home.

It was a fabulous show by the cast of six, cleverly staged to tell the story. The acrobatic tricks kept my children enthralled throughout particularly the stunts by Thing 1 and Thing 2!

We sat in the dress circle but the stalls were the place to be as the characters moved around auditorium, some of which we couldn’t see.

The recommended age for The Cat in the Hat is 3 years and over which I would say was spot on, my children at 7 years old were still captivated from start to end. The running time is 90 minutes which includes a 20 minute interval.

The King’s Theatre is a traditional theatre situated on Leven Street in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh. There is on-street parking in the area and it is accessible by bus.

The Cat in the Hat runs at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh until Saturday with shows at 7pm each evening and matinees on Thursday at 2pm and Saturday at 11am and 2 pm.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost £18.50 (booking fees may apply).

The Cat in the Hat is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 6-9 February 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.

King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000

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