Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical 'Cats' is one of the world's most recognisable shows, and held the record as the West End's longest running musical after the original production ran for 21 years at the New London Theatre. The show has been translated into over 20 languages and has mounted numerous productions around the world, running on Broadway for 18 years.
Almost 35 years since the original production, the original creative team including director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne have remounted the show for the West End's iconic London Palladium. Following a sell out run in 2014/15, the production will return to the Palladium for a final West End season, starring the 'Queen of British Soul', Beverley Knight, in the role of Grizabella.
Based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T. S. Eliot, the musical sets this collection of poems to an eclectic score to tell the story of a group of 'Jellicle Cats' who meet for a 'Jellicle Ball' to choose which cat will be reborn. Featuring one of Lloyd Webber's most famous scores including “Macavity”, “Mr. Mistoffelees” and of course, “Memory”, this is one musical that will live with you for a lifetime.
On a rubbish dump, a group of cats congregate by light of the moon to introduce themselves to the audience, and let them know that this evening is the night of the 'Jellicle Ball' – an occasion that happens only once a year, where Old Deuteronomy selects one deserving cat to be reborn and live a new 'Jellicle' life.
As the lively bunch begin to introduce themselves one by one, we learn of mysterious cats, naughty cats, philanthropic cats and indulgent cats. One outsider, Grizabella, is shunned by the pack due to her torn coat and old age, and is forced away from the ball.
The evening turns to mayhem as Macavity the Mystery Cat appears and steals Old Deuteronomy, leaving it to Mr. Mistoffelees the Magical Cat to save the day. As happiness is restored and the stories continue, it is Grizabella who is selected to be reborn, and journeys to the Heavyside Layer as she finds acceptance from the whole group.
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(2mins) Exit 8 from the tube goes out onto Argyll Street (opposite the large Topshop). The theatre is 100 metres down the road.