West End Return for Cats at the London Palladium
The Famous Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Returning in the Winter with Chrissie Cartwright Directing
Ask anyone to name a West End show and chances are they will mention one from a group that includes The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Cats. The latter is particularly significant as it remains well known as a West End show all over the world despite the fact that it closed its doors at the New London theatre in 2002.
But this will change in 2014 as it has been announced that Cats, this time shepherded by Chrissie Cartwright, will be making a 12-week appearance at the London Palladium in the winter, entertaining audiences from the beginning of December.
The story, based on the novel Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, introduces audiences to the Jellicle cats during their annual meet up at the Jellicle Ball, where their leader, Old Deuteronomy, makes a big announcement. The wise old cat, who has lived for a long time, is to inform them of who will be going to The Heaviside Layer, a location in which they will be reborn.
It famously features musical numbers like Memory, The Moment Of Happiness, Mungojerrie And Rumpleteazer and The Awful Battle Of The Pekes And The Pollicles, among others. The song Rum Tum Tugger also appears and it has been announced that it will be among those reinterpreted for the modern age.
Chrissie Cartwright is set to direct the production and she does so with plenty of experience to guide her. She has worked for the UK tour of Cats, from which this West End version will be derived, and was the resident director for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre. She has also choreographed for the likes of Mack and Mabel and The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole for the London theatre scene, in addition to performing in the likes of Billy Elliot The Musical.
As well as her work on the production, Trevor Nunn (the show’s original director) and others will be working on it as well ahead of its opening in the capital
Casting is yet-to-be-announced for the upcoming production but new of this is likely to emerge in the months ahead. For now, it is known that Cats runs at the London Palladium from early December.