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One of the world's best known and best loved musicals
Cats The Musical
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About The Show

Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals.

With a plot based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and award-winning music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats – originally directed by Trevor Nunn and with musical staging by Gillian Lynne – has since been presented in over 20 countries and in about 250 cities, including such diverse destinations as Buenos Aires, Seoul, Helsinki and Singapore.

An all-singing, all-dancing musical spectacular, the show has also been translated into 10 languages and has not only been presented in theatres, but also in tents in Japan and Korea, an engine shed in Switzerland, and school gymnasiums across the USA.

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Show Licence Agreement & Cost

CATS is licensed to academic schools, colleges and universities, theatre schools and youth groups subject to the terms and conditions listed in the respective licences below. When you apply for a licence you will be asked to confirm that you have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

If you are an academic school, college or university please click here

If you are a youth group or theatre school please click here

How Much Does It Cost?

When you make your show licence application you will be taken through to the show licence quotation page. This quote will be based on the details you provide.

To find out the cost of the CATS show licence in the UK please click here 

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Cast Requirements

Principals

6 Women

8 Men

Ensemble

Strong dancers and singers are recommended for the larger roles. Recommended minimum of 4 (1 Woman and 3 Men).

Comments

Some actors in Principal and Featured Roles are required to double in chorus roles.

Characters

Asparagus (Gus)

Bombalurina

Bustopher Jones

Demeter

Grizabella

Griddlebone

Growltiger

Jellylorum

Jennyanydots

Mr. Mistoffelees

Mungojerrie

Munkustrap

Old Deuteronomy

Rumpleteazer

The Rum Tum Tugger

Skimbleshanks

Other Characters(not in every production)

Admetus
Alonzo
Bill Bailey
Carbucketty
Cassandra
Electra
Etcetera
Exotica
George
Genghis or Gilbert
Jemima
Macavity
Plato
Pouncival
Rumpus Cat
Sillabub
Tantomile
Tumblebrutus
Victor
Victoria

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Music Materials

The music materials available are:

Definitive CATS 16 Piece

          • Woodwind I (Flute, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax)
          • Woodwind II (Bb Clarinet, Baritone Sax, Flute)
          • Woodwind III (Oboe, Cor Anglais)
          • Horn I
          • Horn II
          • Trumpet I (Bb Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet)
          • Trumpet II (Bb Trumpet, Flugel Horn)
          • Trombone
          • Keyboard I (any acoustic or electric piano)
          • Keyboard II (programming is essential*)
          • Keyboard III (programming is essential*)
          • Percussion
          • Cello
          • Guitar (Electric, Acoustic)
          • Bass
          • Drums

* II & III require keyboard programming for either Korg Tritons or Kurzweil 2500/2600 (programming is provided along with hired music materials).

Alternatively RMS Keyboardscan be used (please be aware there is a cost attached – further details available upon license being granted).

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Definitive CATS 10 Piece

          • Woodwind
          • Woodwind II
          • Horn
          • Keyboard I
          • Keyboard II (programming is essential*)
          • Keyboard III (programming is essential*)
          • Cello
          • Guitar
          • Bass
          • Drums

For the 10 piece version, you will need to hire the Keyboard Programming from RMS for Keyboards II and III

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CATS BACKING TRACK PACKAGE – Available to Schools and Junior Groups

We have recently developed two new backing tracks for CATS. One for our Full Length edition of the show and one for our Abridged Edition of the show.

CATS Backing Track Package – Full Length Edition
This edition corresponds with the full Definitive 16 Piece version of CATS and is 120 minutes in length.

CATS Backing Track Abridged Length Edition
This edition is a shortened version of the full length show to suit performers of a junior age.

Both editions feature backing tracks with vocals for rehearsal purposes and without vocals for performance. The backing tracks are available to hire as part of a CATS Backing Track Package to all licensed groups.

The CATS Backing Track Package for both Full Length and Abridged editions include 1 x set of backing tracks, 1 x piano vocal and 1 x libretto.

To apply for a licence to perform the CATS Full Length edition, please register, follow the steps to ‘Apply Now’ and select ‘CATS’.

To apply for a licence to perform the CATS Abridged Edition, please register, follow the steps to ‘Apply Now’ and select ‘CATS – Abridged Edition’.

Listen to samples of the backing tracks:-

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Performed by: Carmel Thomas Youth Singers
Produced By: Julian Hepple

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Set Requirements

CATS takes place in a junkyard on the night of the Jellicle Ball.

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