About the showAndrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Cats is back once more thanks to popular demand. This iconic musical will return to the London Palladium in October.
The musical is based on a collection of T.S. Elliot’s poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The show tells the story of the one night of the year a tribe of cats called the Jellicles come together for the Jellicle ball where Old Deuteronomy makes the “Jellicle choice” and decides which of them is to ascend to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn.
Cats is an incredibly physical show which requires its performers to dance throughout and move in a feline style. Each member of the ensemble has their own character and throughout the show the audience are introduced to different members of the cat community. These include Grizabella: The Glamour Cat, The Rum Tum Tugger, and The Old Gumbie Cat.
Cats first opened in London in 1981. The production starred Elaine Paige and was directed by Trevor Nunn and Associate Director/Choreographer Gillian Lynne. The show received numerous awards including an Olivier and Tony Award for Best Musical. The original London production was a firm West End favourite with audiences and ran for over 20 years at the New London Theatre. The Broadway production which scooped a staggering seven Tony Awards in total was not far behind running for a grand total of 18 years. Cats has since been seen and loved across the globe.
Nicole Scherzinger made her West End debut in the role of Grizabella the Glamour Cat, a role originally created by Elaine Paige. West End star Kerry Ellis was next to take on the role. Now, soul sensation Beverley Knight is the next star to don the feline garb and sing the hauntingly beautiful 'Memory'. Knight's performances as Grizabella have already earned her rave reviews since this production of Cats opened in October 2015.
This production of Cats has been revamped for a modern audience with updates to the staging and characters. The show's original designer John Napier has redesigned the stage, which was originally circular with audience members sat around it, so that the audience faces the show end on. He's added worn out cars, tyres and contemporary electronic rubbish to the junkyard set. Andrew Lloyd Webber has rewritten Rum Tum Tugger's song as a rap in an attempt to bring the show up to date. Chrissie Cartwright, long term Associate Director of Cats, has worked with Nunn and Lynne in redirecting this exciting new production.
The musical contains such hits as “Macavity”, “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats” and of course “Memory”.
Sir Trevor Nunn has directed many high profile productions of musicals including Starlight Express and Les Miserables.
Cats opened at the London Palladium on the 23rd of October and will play a limited season until the 19th of December 2015. Please note photos are taken from the current touring production and videos from past productions.
Don’t miss your opportunity to catch this classic musical!
Who Should See It?Cats will make a fantastic treat for the whole family. During the run the Palladium's Val Parnell Bar will be open to children to enjoy the full Cats experience. This will include the opportunity to be transformed by a professional make-up artist into one of the show's feline friends! Please note this show is recommended for ages 5+.
- Laurence Olivier Awards 1981: Best New Musical, Outstanding Achievement in a Musical.
- Tony Awards 1983: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a featured Actress in a Musical (Betty Buckley), Best Direction of a Musical, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design.
23rd Oct 2015
11th Apr 2021
2nd Jan 2016
2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
Recommended for ages 5+