• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Rap twist for beloved musical Cats

Record-breaking ­musical Cats is getting a modern makeover complete with a rapping cat when it heads back to the West End later this year.

The show, inspired by the poems in TS Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats, has been seen by more than 50 million people in more than 30 countries since its launch in 1981.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said he was "never very happy" with some parts of the show, including the Rum Tum Tugger song.

He said the character would become "a street cat" in the new version, adding: "I've come to the conclusion that having read Eliot again, maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap".

He said: "The thing about the Eliot verse is that you can tell he's American."

The show, which runs at the London Palladium from December 6, reunites Lloyd Webber with its original director Trevor Nunn.

Contextual targeting label: 
Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

245785