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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS returns to the London Palladium.

One of the greatest and most successful musicals of all time is returning to its original home city of London, as CATS comes to the London Palladium for a limited season.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s huge international hit show has been staged in over 26 countries worldwide and seen by millions. The original London production smashed all box-office records, playing for 21 years and becoming the world’s longest-running musical.

And now the show that won Best Musical at the Olivier and Tony Awards returns to London for a strictly limited season from 23 October 2015 until 2 January 2016.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s much-loved Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show’s original creative team of Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Trevor Nunn, choreographer Gillian Lynne and designer John Napier will reunite for this brand new production. Chrissie Cartwright, long term Associate Director of Cats, will work with Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.

An extraordinary score by Andrew Lloyd Webber includes 20 timeless melodies including hit song “Memory”, and the show features spectacular sets, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography.

Tickets to the show will also include a unique “Cats Experience” for kids, including Cats face painting.

Experience this legendary musical phenomenon in London.

THE CAST

Beverley Knight stars as Grizabella alongside Jack Butterworth (Rumpus/Alonzo), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Georgie Leatherland (Rumpelteazer), Adam Linstead (Old Deuteronomy), Paul F Monaghan (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Jane Quinn (Jennyanydots), Mark John Richardson (Quaxo/ Mistoffelees), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum), Jordan Shaw (Pouncival), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/ White Cat), James Titchener (Coricopat), Marcquelle Ward (Tugger) and Anna Woodside (Demeter). They are joined by Megan Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale, Alex Pinder and Barry Haywood as swings.

THE STORY

This magical blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball.

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.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “A top-whisker revival” Daily Mail
★★★★ “Makes your hairs stand on end… a coup de theatre” Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “An invigorating dance-spectacle” The Guardian
★★★★ “Gillian Lynne’s choreography is winningly effervescent” Evening Standard
★★★★ “The cat’s whiskers” Independent
“Storybook charm, retro pizzazz and songs that are as catchy as fleas” Variety

 


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 2 January 2016

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Important Notes

Beverley Knight will not be appearing in the following performances: All midweek matinees, Friday 13th November, Monday 16th November, Tuesday 17th November, Tuesday 1st December & Friday 11th December




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London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF
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Beverley Knight continues her West End reign taking on CATS

Beverley Knight is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats taking on the role of Grizabella.

Beverley Knight as Grizabella

Known as the Queen of British Soul, it was considered celebrity casting when Beverley Knight was cast as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard Musical. Proving her worth she wowed audiences, hitting all the right notes and bringing a thrilling star performance. Seamlessly moving on to Memphis The Musical, which received Olivier nominations for Best New Musical and won What’s on Stage Award for Best New Musical, played to her talents as a soul singer, however the role of Grizabella in CATS finally takes Knight into the realm of traditional West End musical theatre.

Knight said “To be asked to join the company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s historic show was so exciting and totally unexpected as, vocally, I am so different to the many incredible women who have sung the classic Memory over the years. To follow in their footsteps is something to truly relish! I am really looking forward to transforming into Grizabella with her fabulous costume and amazing make up and to be playing the role at the London Palladium. Working with Andrew will be a real privilege.”

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Photos: Kerry Ellis in Cats at the London Palladium

First production photos of Kerry Ellis as Grizzabella in Cats at the London Palladium.

West End star Kerry Ellis takes over from Nicole Sherzinger, joining the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats – playing the role of Grizabella.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the West End with the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – for a strictly limited season until 25 April 2015.

Cats at the London Palladium.

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

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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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

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.

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), 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.

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

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

 

Photos by Alessandro Pinna

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

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

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 of the Cats Press Launch at the London Palladium

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.

Trevor Nunn (Director), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music), Gillian Lynne (Choreographer) and members of the cast during the launch for Cats at the London Palladium, London (Photo: Dan Wooller/wooller.com)

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Trevor Nunn (Director), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music), Gillian Lynne (Choreographer) and members of the cast during the launch for Cats at the London Palladium, London (Photo: Dan Wooller/wooller.com)

Photos by Dan Wooller

Cats launches in London ahead of London Palladium Christmas season

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of CATS was launched today at the London Palladium.

The iconic musical, which opens on 6 December 2014 at the London Palladium, is getting a makeover courtesy of the show’s original creative team – composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographer Gillian Lynne, director Trevor Nunn and designer John Napier.

Lloyd Webber, Lynne and Nunn were all at the London launch today, 7 July 2014, along with the show’s producer David Ian (The Bodyguard).

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show, which is based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, will run for a limited 12 week season at the Palladium.

The composer will re-write the music to two of Eliot’s poems, including setting Rum Tum Tugger to a rap. He told the launch audience that, “hopefully its’ going to be a brand new cats”.

Gillian Lynne also hinted at introducing different and more contemporary dance styles in the show’s makeover. She jokingly revealed that the hugely physical show, which is one of the only musicals that is dominated by dance, has been responsible for giving her two metal hips and a metal knee. She said that the musical, told through dance, was “not like any other show at all”.

Trevor Nunn (left), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gillian Lynne pose with some of the cast of the touring production of Cats, outside the London Palladium. Photo by Dan Wooller
Trevor Nunn (left), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gillian Lynne pose with some of the cast of the touring production of Cats, outside the London Palladium. Photo by Dan Wooller

John Napier will re-imagine and update the design of the original production.

Chrissie Cartwright, who is the long term Associate Director of Cats, will work with Nunn and Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.

Given that the show will run over the Christmas season, the producers are going to lay on a full “Cats Experience” at the theatre including using the Val Parnell Bar to host kid’s activities including Cats face painting and a photo-booth where the audience can have their picture taken as a cat!

The original West End and Broadway runs of the show both claimed the “longest-running musical” records, and Cats has gone on to tour to over 300 cities worldwide, making it one of the world’s most successful shows. Its awards include Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical and seven Tony Award wins.

Cats was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited, with this new staging – which is based on the current UK tour – produced by David Ian.

This is the second Andrew Lloyd Webber show this month that has announced its return to London, with the current touring production of Evita starring Marti Pellow coming to the Dominion Theatre for a limited season from 16 September 2014.

Casting for Cats is to be announced in September.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and Evita to return to London

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals CATS and EVITA are to return to the West End this year.

Two of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful musicals are both to return to the West End this year, with the UK touring production of Evita coming to the Dominion Theatre in September starring Marti Pellow, and Cats coming to the London Palladium this Christmas.

The touring production of Cats. Photo: Alessandro Pinna
The touring production of Cats. Photo: Alessandro Pinna

Cats at the London Palladium

One of the West End and Broadway’s longest-running shows is to return to London this Christmas as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS comes to the London Palladium for 12 weeks.

Running from early December 2014 for 12 weeks, tickets go on sale on 7 July 2014.

Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, the original show was directed by Trevor Nunn, choreographed by Gillian Lynne and designed by John Napier. Chrissie Cartwright, long term Associate Director of Cats, will work with Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.

The show premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981 and played for 21 years in the West End – over 9,000 performances! – and scooped Olivier and Evening Standard Best Musical awards. The Broadway production won 7 Tonys.

Cats has been produced in over 26 countries and is currently touring the UK and Europe.

Expect Elaine Paige, who starred in the original show and became an overnight success in the role of Grizabella singing the hit song “Memory”, to be at the opening night!

The next big show on at the London Palladium is Michael Flatley’s new dance epic Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. Also a number of comedians and musicians will be playing the Palladium over the next year including John Barrowman on 24 May 2015.

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Evita at the Dominion Theatre

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 Evita is to return to London this September.

Evita, which has been touring the UK, will open at the Dominion Theatre from 16 September 2014, for a strictly limited run until 1 November 2014.

The show will star former Wet Wet Wet pop star Marti Pellow as Che and rising talent Madalena Alberto as Evita.

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.

The musical is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright.

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

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