Why See Cats?
One of the West End's previously longest running and most popular musicals makes a special return to London, for another limited engagement at the London Palladium. Ideal for Christmas with the family, Cats is based on TS Eliot's 1939 book for older children, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. With spectacular costumes, dazzling dance moves, and some of the most memorable show tunes in musical theatre (Memory, MaCavity, The Song of the Jellicles, just to name a few!), Cats will leave you in awe. And possibly suspicious of any cats you may pass on the way home after!
This exciting new revival will be directed by Trevor Nunn, the Tony and nominated director behind the original 1980s West End productions of both Cats and Les Miserables. After sold out runs for Nicole Scherzinger and Kerry Ellis, Beverly Knight will be taking on the role of Grizabella on the show's return!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Once a year, a local tribe of street cats, all with their own distinct names and personalities come together for the legendary "Jellicle Ball". Here they entertain each other, tell stories, and listen to wisdom given by their elderly and respected leader, Old Deuteronomy.
Halfway through, their gathering is interrupted by the tattered and torn Grizabella. Repulsed by her sorry state, the Jellicle Cats shun her and chase her off, despite the pleas of Old Deuteronomy to show compassion. But what happens when their beloved leader is catnapped by the dastardly master-cat of crime, MacAvity (think a feline version of Moriarty!)? Will the Jellicle cats be able to save him? And WHO is the mysterious Mr. Mistoffelees?
DID YOU KNOW?
Cats held the record as London's longest running musical until 8 October 2006, upon which date it was surpassed by Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre. Dance star and director Wayne Sleep originated the role of Mr. Mistoffelees in part thanks to his short stature (5ft 2in).
Opening night: 23 October 2015
Suitable for ages 10+
Two hours and 30 minutes, including an interval
And before you stop reading
Cats will have a break in performances between April and October, which the next extension period. Please note that the images above are taken from the 2014/15 run at the London Palladium and does not necessarily reflect the new casting.
Cast and Creative
Beverly Knight as Grizabella
Jack Butterworth as Rumpus/Alonzo
Danielle Cato as Cassandra
Javier Cid as Macavity/Admetus
Luke Cinque-White as Carbucketty
Emma Lee Clark as Bombalurina
Jon-Scott Clark as Bill Bailey
Gabrielle Cocca as Tantomile
Harry Francis as Mungojerrie
Tarryn Gee as Jemima
Evan James as Skimbleshanks
Matt Krzan as Munkustrap
Georgie Leatherland as Rumpelteazer
Adam Linstead as Old Deuteronomy
Paul F Monaghan as Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones
Jane Quinn as Jennyanydots
Mark John Richardson as Quaxo/ Mistoffelees
Clare Rickard as Jellylorum
Jordan Shaw as Pouncival
Hannah Kenna Thomas as Victoria/ White Cat
James Titchener as Coricopat
Marcquelle Ward as Tugger
Anna Woodside as Demeter
Directed by Trevor Nunn, Chrissie Cartwright and Gillian Lynne
Choreographed by Gillian Lyme
Designed by John Napier
2015 Olivier Award Nominations
Magic Radio Best Musical Revival
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical - Nicole Scherzinger
What we thought
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The magical, mysterious gang of Jellicles still have a place in modern audiences' hearts!
Cats returns to London with its first ever West End revival. You'll have to be quick though, it's only on for twelve weeks! Read what we thought of this iconic musical and its superstar cast member here.Read full review
What you thought
3 reviews, average rating: (4.2 Stars)
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