Experience the thrill of Cats

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Dates: Saturday, 06 December 2014 to Saturday, 28 February 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary musical to return to the London stage

The dance and music spectacular Cats has been absent from the West End for 12 years. Containing a plethora of hits including the all-time favourite Memory, the production made stars out of Elaine Paige and Betty Buckley. Fortunately, composer and musical theatre stalwart Andrew Lloyd Webber has decided to remedy its absence and bring it back for a limited run this Christmas.

This news will no doubt be celebrated by those who have yet to see the musical grace the West End, but also by those who were enthralled by the magic before and wish to recapture that incredible moment in their lives when they first saw this jaw-dropping show. Especially as, during a press conference, Lloyd Webber hinted at a number of changes that will be made to the performance in order to bring it up to date.

"I think it's just a great opportunity for us to get a second edition ... with this show I think it would be great just to have a go at it again and give it a bit of a rethink," he told the press, adding that he was particularly keen to reinvent Rum Tum Tugger as a bit of a street cat.

"I've come to the conclusion that ... maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap. The thing about the Eliot verse is that you can tell he's American. Nobody other than Eliot would have written 'The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat."

Lloyd Webber also revealed he was keen to rewrite Growltiger's Last Stand, which he admitted was never his favourite part of the show.

Originally adapted from TS Eliot's book of poetry about felines - Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - the musical follows a rough story that sees the Jellicle cats nominate a new leader. While Memory has been famous since it was originally sung by Elaine Paige, there are several other highlights to enjoy, including MaCavity the Mystery Cat, The Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles and The Jellicle Ball.

Audiences can expect an incredible spectacle of dancing and singing, as well as a brand new set that will incorporate the iconic rubbish tip that previously graced the stage. The material is also family-friendly and spans generations - a jaw-dropping display for the young and the old alike.

Cats will return for a 12-week run at the London Palladium from December 6th, making it the ideal Christmas treat for all the family. Tickets are available online and at the box office from £26. Why not stay at The Rubens at the Palace for the duration of your stay? Not only do you have easy access to all of London's Theatretown (including Wicked and Billy Elliot just around the corner) but we also have numerous family packages designed to make your stay just that little bit more special. Check our offers page for more information.