Cats

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece is returning to the London Palladium from 23 October 2015, starring Beverley Knight as Grizabella the Glamour Cat.

The musical is based on T. S. Elliot’s whimsical poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The quirky story centres on a group of cats called The Jellicles who meet once a year at the Jellicle ball to make ‘the Jellicle choice’ of who should ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn. Throughout the show the audience are introduced to various feline characters including ‘Gus the theatre cat’, ‘Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat’ and ‘Mr Mistoffelees’.

The show is incredibly physical and requires its cast of lycra wearing, leg warmer donning, singer/dancers to move like felines with each member of the ensemble having their own distinct personality.

The original production opened at the New London theatre in 1981 and starred Elaine Paige in the iconic role of Grizabella. It was directed by Trevor Nunn with associate direction and choreography by Gillian LynneCats received numerous awards including the Tony and Olivier for Best Musical. It has since been seen across the globe and translated into 10 languages. The London production ran for a staggering 21 years, with the Broadway production not far behind managing an impressive 18 years.

The classic score includes “Jellicle songs for Jellicle Cats”, “Macavity” and of course the show stopping “Memory” which has been recorded by over 150 artists including Barbara Streisand and Barry Manilow.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the UK’s premier composer of musicals and has written the scores for countless hits including Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Phantom of the Opera.

Sir Trevor Nunn is the ex-artistic director of The Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre. Throughout his prolific career he has directed countless musicals including ChessStarlight Express and the original production of Les Miserables.

Chrissie Cartwright, long term associate director of Cats will work together with Nunn and Lynne to bring the show back to the London stage. The show features original designs by John Napier.

Former Pussy Cat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger played Grizabella the Glamour Cat in the most recent run at the London Palladium in Feb 2015. From February, West End superstar Kerry Ellis starred as Grizabella. Now Beverley Knight steps up to the role.

Cats run at 23 October 2015, Lloyd Webber’s record breaking Cats will run for a ten week season until 2 January 2016.

Child Friendly?

Cats is suitable for the whole family! There will be face painting and all kinds of fun for children in the theatres Val Parnell suite throughout the run.

Seating Tips

Click here for the London Palladium seating chart and seat price guide.