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Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS

CATS at the London PalladiumNicole Scherzinger leads the cast as Grizabella in the musical Cats as it returns to the West End.

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. The production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years. Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 10 languages and has been seen by over 50 million people world-wide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The classic Lloyd Webber score includes Memory which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

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 (Grizab
Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) in Cats at the London Palladium. Photo credit Alessandro Pinna
Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) in Cats at the London Palladium.
Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) in Cats at the London Palladium. Photo credit Alessandro Pinna
The West End cast of Cats at the London Palladium. Photo credit Alessandro Pinna
The West End cast of Cats at the London Palladium. Photo credit Alessandro Pinna
Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger) at the London Palladium.
Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger) at the London Palladium. Photo credit Alessandro Pinna
Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots) at the London Palladium.
Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots) at the London Palladium. Photo credit Alessandro Pinna
Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria White Cat).
Hannah Kenna Thomas (VictoriaWhite Cat), Photo credit Alessandro Pinna

Cats West End cast comprises 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.

Cats was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.

LISTINGS
Cats
London Palladium Tickets
6th December 2014 – 28th February 2015
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm

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