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).