Bill Bailey is an ensemble character in Cats. He is a playful and acrobatic tom kitten.
"Bill Bailey" is mentioned in "The Naming of Cats" as one of the "sensible, everyday names". Literary scholars believe that the name was conceived by T S Eliot for a cat that likes to stray from home, inspired by the popular 1902 song "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey".
Before he was given a name, the character was originally credited as one of "The Kittens" in the London production.
|“||Chaotic, Imprudent, Funny||”|
|“||Acrobat, dancer, singer. Must be able to perform a variety of acrobatics, including a series of flicflacs and saltos.||”|
Bill Bailey is principally the main acrobat of the cast, as well as being a dance role. He is rarely centre stage, but often pulls focus with his tumbling antics in the background. The character usually has a few vocal lines in the group numbers.
Bill Bailey is a white and brown patched tom cat, often depicted in the show as a kitten. Of all the Cats with dual names/personalities, his appearance remains the most consistent, having a distinctive brown patch over one eye, and brown patches on his right shoulder and left hip.
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- Bill Bailey/Tumblebrutus often takes the final bow of the show by tumbling across the stage.
- ↑ Imperial Names for 'Practical Cats': Establishing a Distinctly British Pride in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Dorothy Dodge Robbins. 12 November 2013.