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Cats returns for Christmas 2015

April 24, 2015 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking Cats will return to the London Palladium for Christmas 2015.

Following the unprecedented response to the current revival, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats will return to the London Palladium for a final 10 week season from 23 October 2015 until 2 January 2016.
Cats returned to the West End in December 2014 with Nicole Sherzinger and then Kerry Ellis playing the role of Grizabella to great acclaim.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Cats, one of the longest-running shows in West End and on Broadway, received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances.

Cats will complete its current season at the London Palladium on 25 April, it will then have an 8 week season at the Blackpool Opera House before retur

Casting for the 2015 Christmas season production of Cats at the London Palladium is yet to be announced .

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CATS extends runs at London Palladium; Kerry Ellis to join cast

January 5, 2015 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical CATS will extend its run at the London Palladium and Kerry Ellis is to replace Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella.

Kerry Ellis to join the cast of CATS

Kerry Ellis to join the cast of CATS

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of his hit musical CATS has proved the cats whiskers all over again in the West End.

The resurrected show, which has played to packed houses and a record-breaking box-office at the London Palladium since December, is to extend its run until 25 April 2015.

Nicole Scherzinger, who was contracted to play Grizabella until 7 February 2015, will be replaced by Wicked alumni Kerry Ellis from 9 February 2015.

Over 100,000 additional tickets have gone on sale for the smash-hit show, which has seen Lloyd Webber reunite with his original creative team of director Trevor Nunn, choreographer Gillian Lynne and designer John Napier for the revival.

The show is based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,  and is one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history. Cats premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981, it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances.

Star of many a West End show, Kerry Ellis is most famous for playing Elphaba in Wicked in both the West End and Broadway productions. Her other stage credits include the War of the Worlds Arena Tour, Oliver!, Les Miserables, We Will Rock You and My Fair Lady, with concerts including Kerry Ellis Live at the London Palladium, Anthems at the Royal Albert Hall and Chess In Concert.

Other members of the CATS cast include Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima),  Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy),  Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter), Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer), Benjamin Yates (Mungojerrie) and Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts (swings).

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Reviews: CATS at the London Palladium

December 12, 2014 

A reviews round-up for CATS at the London Palladium starring Nicole Scherzinger.

Nicole Scherzinger in CATS at the London Palladium

Nicole Scherzinger in CATS at the London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of CATS opened last night (11 December 2014) at the London Palladium.

Reviews are starting to come in for the blockbuster revival, which sees the show’s original creative team reunite for the Palladium run: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score directed by Trevor Nunn, with design by John Napier and choreography by Gillian Lynne.

Cats stars former Pussy Cat Dolls and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger in the role of Grizabella, making her West End stage debut in the show.

See reviews below including The Telegraph and Daily Mail.

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First Look: Cats at the London Palladium

December 10, 2014 

Photo First Look: Production photos of Cats at the London Palladium starring Nicole Scherzinger.

Cats has started its blockbuster new run at the London Palladium.

Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) in Cats at the London Palladium. Photo Alessandro Pinna

Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) in Cats at the London Palladium. Photo Alessandro Pinna

Starring Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical has returned to London’s West End for a strictly limited season.

Cats is one of the longest-running shows in the West End and on Broadway, running for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances at the New London Theatre.

The show won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical and the Broadway production scooped seven Tony awards including Best Musical and ran for eighteen years.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,  the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – have reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas.

The full cast of the show includes Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima),  Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy),  Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter), Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer) and Benjamin Yates (Mungojerrie) who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.

Photos by Alessandro Pinna

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Full cast announced for CATS at the London Palladium joining Nicole Scherzinger

October 24, 2014 

Andrew Lloyd Webber and the producers of CATS at the London Palladium have announced the full cast of the show.

Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in CATS at the London Palladium. Photo: Uli Weber

Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in CATS at the London Palladium. Photo: Uli Weber

Joining previously announced star Nicole Scherzinger, who will be making her West End stage debut as Grizabella, will be:  Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima), Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy), Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter), Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer) and Benjamin Yates (Mungojerrie) who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.

This new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS is back in the West End for a limited season at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – are reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas.

Nicole Scherzinger will perform the role of Grizabella from 6 December 2014 to 7 February 2015.

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Nicole Scherzinger to join the cast of CATS at the London Palladium

September 28, 2014 

Former The Pussycat Dolls and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of CATS at the London Palladium.

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces that Nicole Scherzinger is to star in CATS at the London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces that Nicole Scherzinger is to star in CATS at the London Palladium. Photo by Matt Crockett.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that acclaimed American music artist Nicole Scherzinger is to star in a major West End revival of CATS at the London Palladium this Christmas.

She will join the cast of the show to make her West End debut as Grizabella, singing the award-winning song “Memory” and following in the footsteps of Elaine Paige in the part.

CATS is returning to the West End for a limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show’s original creative team of director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber are all reuniting for the show.

Nicole Scherzinger is an acclaimed American recording artist, as part of The Pussycat Dolls – one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, and in her successful solo career. In 2011 she joined the UK version of the X Factor as a judge.

“Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career.” – Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole said that she was thrilled to have got the part and to, “have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song Memory. Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

The full cast for Cats includes Cameron Ball as Macavity/Admetus, Kathryn Barnes as Tantomile, Cassie Clare as Cassandra, Ross Finnie as Skimbleshanks, Charlene Ford as Bombalurina, Adam Lake as Alonzo, Paul F Monaghan as Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger, Joel Morris as Carbucketty, Natasha Mould as Jemima, Benjamin Mundy as Coricopat, Joseph Poulton as Quaxo/Mistoffelees, Nicholas Pound as Old Deuteronomy, Sophie Ragavelas as alternate Grizabella, Clare Rickard as Jellylorum/ Griddlebone, Adam Salter as Bill Bailey, Laurie Scarth as Jennyanydots, Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, Hannah Kenna Thomas as Victoria/White Cat, Callum Train as Munkustrap, Zizi Strallen as Demeter and Dawn Williams as Rumpleteazer who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.

Nicole Scherzinger will perform the role of Grizabella from 6 December 2014 to 7 February 2015.

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Photos: Evita at the Dominion Theatre

September 21, 2014 

Production photos of EVITA at the Dominion Theatre starring Marti Pellow

Marti Pellow in Evita at the Dominion Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Marti Pellow in Evita at the Dominion Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Following a successful UK tour, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s modern classic EVITA is back in the West End.

Produced by Bill Kenwright (Blood Brothers), EVITA charts the life of Eva Peron, from a humble upbringing to rising to become first lady of Argentina.

An accomplished cast includes Marti Pellow as Che, Madalena Alberto as Evita, Ben Forster as Magaldi and Matthew Cammelle as Peron.

Photos by Roy Tan

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EVITA: Full cast announced for Evita at the Dominion Theatre

September 15, 2014 

Complete casting announced for revival of EVITA at the Dominon Theatre starring Marti Pellow, Madalena Alberto, Ben Forster and Matthew Cammelle.

Producers of the revival of EVITA at the Dominion Theatre have announced full casting for the show.

Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Evita

Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Evita

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical returns to London this month, running from 16 September until 1 November 2014 at the Dominon Theatre.

The show stars former Wet Wet Wet pop star Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Evita.

Joining them will be ITV’s Superstar winner Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Magaldi, and Matthew Cammelle (The Phantom of the Opera) as Peron.

Other cast include Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, Amira Matthews, Olive Robinson, Verity Burgess, Gemma Atkins, Lizzie Ottley, Joe McCourt, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Chris Stoddart, Callum Fitzgerald, David Burilin, Stuart MacIver, Peter McPherson, Joseph Connor, Jamie Tyler and Christopher Palmer.
The musical is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright.

Festive favourite White Christmas starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers will follow Evita into the Dominion.

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Photocall: EVITA starts previews next week at the Dominion Theatre

September 5, 2014 

Photocall: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical Evita returns to London.

Major musical EVITA is back in the West End from next week (Previews from 16 September 2014) following a UK tour.

Opening at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited run until 1 November 2014, the show stars former Wet Wet Wet pop star Marti Pellow as Che and rising talent Madalena Alberto as Evita.

Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, Evita features many of Rice and Lloyd Webber’s biggest songs including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night Of A Thousand Stars, Another Suitcase In Another Hall, Oh What A Circus and many more.

Following Evita at the Dominion will be festive favourite White Christmas starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers.

Photos by Roy Tan

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Madalena Alberto as Evita. Photo: Roy Tan

Madalena Alberto as Evita. Photo: Roy Tan

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Photos of the Cats Press Launch at the London Palladium

July 7, 2014 

Photos of the Cats press launch at the London Palladium with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gillian Lynne and Trevor Nunn.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical CATS is returning to London this Christmas in a re-imagining of the iconic stage show.

Running for a limited 3 month season at the Palladium, the show will see the original creative team of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographer Gillian Lynne, director Trevor Nunn and designer John Napier reunite to oversee this new production, based on the current UK touring production.

At the press launch on 7 July 2014 the cast of the touring production performed a sequence from the show, and the creative team discussed the new production.

Read more about the Cats press launch here.

Photos by Dan Wooller

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