What a beautiful, beautiful musical this is. Based on a poem by T.S. Eliot called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical presents all different kinds of cat characters who are part of Pellicle Cats tribe. The tribe meets once a year at the Pellicle ball where the oldest and wisest cat, Old Deuteronomy, announces which cat will be reborn into a whole new life.
Characters include the crazy hip hop cat Rum Tum Tugger, the sneaky robber twin cats Rumpelteazer and Mungojerrie (who are absolutely adorable), the once-famous actor cat Gus, and of course the once beautiful Grizabella played by the talented Beverley Knight.
The set is a detailed old scrap yard with cat eyes popping out from every corner, and cats sneaking around form every hole, some even come up behind your seat! It is a truly immersive experience and the cast create a wonderful representation of the cat as an animal and the different characters of cats that we all know and love so dearly.
As with all Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, you have the one song you wait for all musical long, and for Cats it’s Memory. With Beverley Knight as Grizabella this could only go one way and it was magnificent. Her rendition of the musical classic was out of this world and spot on note by note. So much so, that it would easily give you all the feels and all the goosebumps. Sing it with me – Memory, all alone in the moonlight, I can smile at the old days, I was beautiful then… Touch me, it’s so easy to leave me, all alone with the memory of my days in the sun, if you touch me you’ll understand what happiness is. Look, a new day has begun.