'Cats' Musical Wiki

Cats had its Australian premiere at the Theatre Royal in Sydney. The production in Sydney ran from 27 July 1985 (with one preview on 26 July) till 1 August 1987 before moving to Melbourne.

Production Specifics[]

The Australian Score was somewhat based on the Broadway version of the show, with a cast that consisted of 22 cats (there was no Electra). Also the characters had their American names - Sillabub, Tumblebrutus, Plato and Pouncival. Unlike the Broadway production, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer sang their own song rather than Mistoffelees narrating. Also the costumes and make-up had their own style, which was used for almost all Asian and Australian productions.

The show moved to Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne in 1987 with a partly new cast.

The Australian version of the show was the base for the Hamburg production which became one of Germany's most successful musicals and had the same production team, including David Taylor as the director and Jo-Anne Robinson as Associate Choreographer.

Creative Team[]

  • Director: David Taylor (after Trevor Nunn)
  • Choreographer: Gillian Lynne
  • Assistant Choreographer: Jo-Anne Robinson
  • Set Designer: Raymond Huessy (after John Napier )
  • Production Musical Director: Tony Hatch
  • Producers: Cameron Mackintosh, Really Useful Company, Adelaide Festive Centre, Challenge Corporate Services and MLC Theatre Royal


Role July 1985 (Original)[1] Replacements[2][3]
Alonzo / Rumpus Cat Stephen Holford Dean Bate
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Grant Smith
Bombalurina Kerry Woods Edwina Cox
Cassandra Nadia Strahan ?
Coricopat Geoffrey Jenkins ?
Demeter Robyn Forsythe Linda Hartley*
Grizabella Debbie Byrne Kerry Woods (11/86)[4]
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Marina Prior Bernadette Robinson
Jennyanydots Pat Pitney Julie Williams (07/86)[5]
Mistoffelees David Atkins Christopher Hall (07/86)[6]
Kim Reeder (late 86)?
Christopher Hall (01/87)[7]
Mungojerrie / Genghis Garry Ginivan
Munkustrap Anthony O'Keeffe Michael Grummet (07/86)[8]
Richard Pettyfer*
Old Deuteronomy John Wood
Plato / Macavity Bruce MacArthur Sean Hingston
Pouncival Jess Jiminez
Rum Tum Tugger Jeff Phillips
Rumpleteazer Laura Bishop
Sillabub Anita Louise Combe Emma Callaghan*
Skimbleshanks John Hackett
Tantomile Roula Kanta ?
Fo Stamatiou*
Tumblebrutus Stewart Crowley ?
Lorry D'Ercole (07/86)[6]
Victoria Greta Thomas Renee Isaacs (07/86)[8]
Melinda O'Connor*
Cats Chorus Mark Bradley
Cats Chorus Adey Grummet
Cats Chorus Avigail Herman Vanessa Fallon*
Cats Chorus Ian White
Cats Chorus Gary Jones*
Swing Edwina Cox
Swing Graciano Debeljuh gone by late '86
Swing Rodney Glenn-Smith
Swing Marianne Howard gone by late '86
Swing Hilton Jones
Swing Leanne O'Farrell
Swing Leonie Page gone by late '86
Swing Glen Walsh gone by late '86
Swing Drew Anthony
Swing Lee Lawrence*
Swing Peter Lowrey*

Asterisk (*): theoretical based on Melbourne 1987 cast

Later Casts include:

Cast Recording[]

A cast recording, conducted by Peter Casey, was released in 1986. It is the only English recording of Cats that includes 'The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles'.







  • The premiere was attended by the Australian Prime Minister, the Treasurer, and the Minister for the Arts. It was interrupted by a bomb scare right before the interval.[6]