Friday, 16 May 2014

REVIEW: Cats at New Wimbledon Theatre


ONE of the West End's longest running shows is wowing audiences in the regions thanks to a nationwide tour.
Cats, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extraordinary, record-breaking, smash-hit musical is currently at the New Wimbledon Theatre for a two week run.
For those who haven't seen it, it is based on TS Eliot's seminal work, Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats which was written for the poet's godchildren in the 1930s.
Lloyd Webber decided to compose a score around the words and Cats was born, opening at the New London Theatre in May 1981.
Now 27 years later and despite no longer in the West End it still has a loyal and growing fan base - which was evident at the New Wimbledon Theatre last week.
And the appeal of the show is not surprising. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless song Memory, made famous by Elaine Paige, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, Cats is utterly captivating.
Although there is not much of a story, it doesn't matter. It's the costumes, the dancing and the set which provide the wow factor and this current production doesn't disappoint.
There are some highlights though - the Jellicle Cats scampering in amongst the audience and Mistofelees, played by Joseph Poulton, who performs the most amazing dance in the second act in a costume studded with glittery sequins - is fabulous. It's breathtaking.

Cats is on at the New Wimbledon Theatre until Saturday, May 17

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