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The Really Useful Group (RUG) is an international company set up in 1977 by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Really Useful Theatre Company, RUG's theatrical production division, holds the international license for Cats - all productions must have acquired a license, otherwise it is illegal to perform the show. Additionally, the Really Useful Theatre Company is directly involved as the co-producer of all UK and US productions of the musical, as well as some international productions.

RUG's film division, Really Useful Films, also produced the 1998 film and was involved in the production of the 2019 film.

The name of the company was inspired by the phrase from the children's book series The Railway Series (which also inspired Webber to create Starlight Express) in which Thomas the Tank Engine and other the locomotives are referred to as "Really Useful Engines".