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Following the end of the limited run at the Palladium in January 2016, Cats began a UK / European Tour, starting in Manchester at the end of January 2016. The set uses the number plate "NAP 13R".

The production toured the UK, as well as engagements in Italy and Switzerland in 2016. In 2017 and 2018 the same production had stops in the Middle East, Asia as well as European venues, with no UK tour dates announced. The production continues to be performed in English. The 2018 leg of the tour began in Hong Kong, and included visits to 13 Chinese cities, before taking a hiatus. The tour returned to Europe at the very end of 2018 into 2019, continuing on to East Asia and South East Asia from 2019 onwards. Due to the Covid pandemic, dates in Asia in 2020 and Europe into 2021 were cancelled. The tour resumed on 13 May 2022 in Switzerland, and played dates across Europe.

Production Specifics

This production used a new built touring set, "NAP 13R", which is somewhat flatter and more readily transportable than the previous UK Tour set "NAP 16". Rather than using a staircase, or "flying saucer", to transport Grizabella to the Heaviside Layer, this production uses a flying harness and she ascends apparently unaided. Compared to the previous UK tour, this production brought back Mistoffelees' rope entrance and the trapeze in the opening.

In terms of material performed, the 2016 run of this tour followed closely to the Palladium revisions, with Street Cat Tugger, glamorous Grizabella, the Bill Deamer choreographed tap number etc. The production cut "Pouncival" from the cast list, however used the Pouncival/George costume (as well as two distinctly different Electra costumes) as swing costumes.

Changes within the 2016 Run

Towards the end of 2016 small changes were introduced, including the ensemble echoing Demeter's alarmed cry of "Macavity?!". Similar small changes were introduced to the previous UK Tour as they prepared for the major changes involved in the Palladium production.

Changes from the 2017 Run

From the 2017 run onwards, the production title was renamed from "UK/Europe Tour" to "International Tour". The Street Cat Tugger was reverted to the original Rockstar version and Growltiger's Last Stand was cut completely. "Pekes and Pollicles" was moved from Act 1, and replaced by a short "Macavity" preview before the Jellicle Ball. "Pekes and Pollicles" replaced ""Growltiger's Last Stand" as a performance by Gus, Munkustrap, and the ensemble. The reprise of "Gus, the Theatre Cat" that followed "Growltiger's Last Stand", as the audience were brought out of the flashback and back into the present, is cut as this version of "Pekes and Pollicles" is not a flashback scene; the audience sees Gus get to play the Great Rumpus Cat one last time.

Similar to the 2007-2010 Australasia tour, Jemima sang her "Moonlight" verse of "The Moments of Happiness" in Mandarin Chinese during the tour stops in China.

See HERE for more details on the changes to the score.

Changes from the 2022 Run

From the 2022 run onwards, the production used new character designs created by John Napier in 2021.

Tour Dates

UK / Europe 2016
City Theatre Dates
Manchester, England Opera House 30th January - 13th February 2016
Genoa, Italy Teatro Carlo Felice 18th February - 21st February 2016
Turin, Italy Teatro Regio 25th February - 28th February 2016
Milan, Italy Teatro degli Arcimboldi 2nd March - 6th March 2016
Bari, Italy Teatro Petruzzelli 10th March - 13th March 2016
Bologna, Italy Unipol Arena 17th March - 20th March 2016
Basel, Switzerland Musical Theater Basel 19th April - 22nd April 2016
Birmingham, England Hippodrome 30th May - 4th June 2016
Ipswich, England Regent Theatre 6th June - 11th June 2016
Leeds, England Grand Theatre 20th June - 2nd July 2016
Edinburgh, Scotland Playhouse Theatre 4th July - 9th July 2016
Liverpool, England Liverpool Empire 11th July - 16th July 2016
Southend, England Cliffs Pavilion 18th July - 23rd July 2016
Nottingham, England Theatre Royal 26th July - 6th August 2016
Southampton, England Mayflower Theatre 9th August - 20th August 2016
Eastbourne, England Congress Theatre 22nd August - 27th August 2016
Torquay, England Princess Theatre 29th August - 3rd September 2016
Stoke on Trent, England Regent Theatre 5th September - 10th September 2016
Glasgow, Scotland Kings Theatre 13th September - 17th September 2016
Sunderland, England Sunderland Empire 19th September - 24th September 2016
Oxford, England New Theatre 27th September - 1st October 2016
Sheffield, England Lyceum Empire 3rd October - 15th October 2016
Milton Keynes, England MK Theatre 24th October - 29th October 2016
Wimbledon, England New Wimbledon 7th November - 12th November 2016
Budapest, Hungary SYMA Event Centre 17th November - 19th November 2016
Europe 2017
City Theatre Dates
Dubai, UAE Dubai Opera 16th January - 28th January 2017
Doha, Qatar Qatar National Convention Center 1st February - 4th February 2017
Kuwait City, Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre 9th February - 12th February 2017
Zagreb, Croatia Arena Zagreb 22nd March - 24th March 2017
Antwerp, Belgium Koningin Elizabethzaal 29th March - 17th April 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland Théâtre de Beaulieu 25th April - 7th May 2017
Sofia, Bulgaria National Palace of Culture 11th May - 13th May 2017
Warsaw, Poland Torwar Arena 18th May 2017
Munich, Germany Deutsches Theater 18th July - 6th August 2017
Berlin, Germany Admiralspalast 9th August - 19th August 2017
Frankfurt am Main, Germany Alte Oper 23rd August - 27th August 2017
Baden-Baden, Germany Festspielhaus 29th August - 3rd September 2017
Bremen, Germany Musical Theater 5th September - 10th September 2017
Duisburg, Germany Theater am Marientor 12th September - 17th September 2017
Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum 21st September - 23rd September 2017
Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium 28th September - 30th September 2017
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe 5th October - 8th October 2017
Malmö, Sweden Malmö Arena 12th October - 15th October 2017
Helsinki Hartwall Arena 19th October - 22nd October 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena 25th October - 29th October 2017
Horsens, Denmark Forum Horsens 1st November - 5th November 2017
Cologne, Germany Musical Dome 8th November - 26th November 2017
Asia 2018
City Theatre Dates
Hong Kong, Hong Kong Lyric Theatre, HKAPA 6th January - 11th February 2018
Taichung, China Taichung National Opera Theater 1st March - 4th March 2018
Tainan, China Tainan Cultural Center Auditorium 8th March - 11th March 2018
Taipei, China National University Auditorium 15 March - 18th March 2018
Shenzhen, China Nanshan Culture Sports Theatre 5th April - 13th April 2018
Nanjing, China 12th May - 20th May 2018
Shanghai, China SAIC Shanghai Culture Square 7th June - 30th June 2018
Shanghai, China Shanghai Grand Theatre 25th July - 5th August 2018
Shijiazhuang, China Shijiazhuang Grand Theatre 10th August - 12th August 2018
Chongqing, China International Circus Theatre 17th August - 23rd August 2018
Guangzhou, China Guangzhou Opera House 30th August - 16th September 2018
Beijing, China Beijing Century Theater 21st September - 7th October 2018
Europe 2019
City Theatre Dates
Amsterdam, Netherlands RAI Theater 20th December 2018 - 13th January 2019
Rotterdam, Netherlands Nieuwe Luxor Theatre 14th January - 27th January 2019
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal 5th February - 10th February 2019
Zurich, Switzerland Theater 11 12th February - 24th February 2019
Brussels, Belgium Palais 12 19th March - 24th March 2019
Rotterdam Luxor Theater 2nd April - 7th April
Groningen Martiniplaza 9th April - 14th April
Breda, Netherlands Chassé Theater 17th April - 22nd April 2019
Asia 2019
City Theatre Dates
Shanghai, China Shanghai Culture Square From: 7 Jun, 2019
Wuhan, China Wuhan Theatre From: 21 Jun, 2019
Beijing, China Century Theater From: 2 Jul, 2019
Wuxi, China Wuxi People's Hall From: 19 Jul, 2019
Nanjing, China Jiangsu Centre for Performing Arts From: 30 Jul, 2019
Nanchang, China Jiangxi Performing Art Centre From: 9 Aug, 2019
Chengdu, China Dongjiao Memory Centre From: 20 Aug, 2019
Kunming, China Yunan Grand Theatre From: 30 Aug, 2019
Shenzhen, China Orange Theatre From: 11 Sep, 2019
Haikou, China Oriental Theatre 27 Sep, 2019 - 3 Oct, 2019
Guangzhou, China Baiyun International Centre 8 Oct, 2019 - 20 Oct, 2019
Manila, Phillippines The Theatre At Solaire 6 Nov - 1 Dec, 2019
Singapore Marina Bay Sands 17 Dec, 2019 - 5 Jan, 2020

Asia 2020 Cats was originally scheduled to play the following tour dates in China. However, the dates were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.[1]

Asia 2020
City Theatre Dates
Shanghai, China SHANGYIN Opera House 15 May, 2020 - 24 May, 2020
Beijing, China Century Theatre 3 Jul, 2020 - 9 Jul, 2020
Tianjin, China Tianjin Auditorium 14 Jul, 2020 - 19 Jul, 2020
Xi'an, China Shanxi Grand Theatre 24 Jul, 2020 - 29 Jul, 2020

Cats was planned to tour Germany, Austria and Switzerland from December 2020, performing in English. The regional dates were to be produced by Mehr-BB Promotion. However with the ongoing pandemic these plans were not set in action.

The 2022 season, however, is now to follow this route. [2]

Europe 2022
City Theatre Dates
Zurich Theatre11 13 May – 29 May, 2022
Munich Deutsches Theater 1 Jun – 26 Jun, 2022
Bremen Metropol Theater 29 Jun – 3 Jul, 2022
Berlin Admiralspalast 6 Jul – 17 Jul, 2022
Dresden Semperoper 19 Jul – 7 Aug, 2022
Tallinn Alexela Concer Hall 27 Sep – 2 Oct, 2022
Stavanger DNB Arena 6 Oct – 9 Oct, 2022
Trondheim Spectrum Arena 13 Oct – 15 Oct, 2022
Tampere Nokia Arena 27 Oct – 30 Oct, 2022
Helsinki Helsinki Ice Hall 4 Nov – 6 Nov, 2022
Oslo Spectrum Arena 10 Nov – 13 Nov, 2022
Gothenburg Scandinavium 17 Nov – 20 Nov, 2022
Stockholm Avicii Arena 24 Nov – 27 Nov, 2022
Malmo Malmo Arena 1 Dec – 4 Dec, 2022
Rotterdam Rotterdam Ahoy 14 Dec - 18 Dec, 2022
Frankfurt Alte Oper 20 Dec 2022 - 7 Jan 2023
Basel Musical Theater Basel 10 Jan - 23 Jan, 2023
Baden Baden Festspielhaus 25 Jan - 29 Jan, 2023
Stuttgart Porsche Arena 30 Jan - 5 Feb 2023
Lisbon Campo Pequeno 14 Feb - 19 Feb, 2023
Porto Super Bock Arena 22 Feb - 26 Feb, 2023

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Cast and Galleries

2016

Initial cast list announcements listed Rebecca Parker as playing Bombalurina, however from the first performance the role was covered by Megan Armstrong, initially a swing in the production.

January 2016 - November 2016
Character Performer
Admetus / Macavity Javier Cid
Ashley-Jordan Packer (Oct 24 onwards)
Alonzo / Rumpus Cat Josh Andrews
Fletcher Dobinson (Oct 24 onwards)
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Greg Castiglioni
Bill Bailey Aaron Hunt
Bombalurina Megan Armstrong
Carbucketty Enric Marimon
Cassandra Danielle Cato
Coricopat James Titchener
Demeter Helen Turner
Grizabella Anita Louise Combe (Jan-Mar)
Joanna Ampil (Mar-Apr)
Marianne Benedict (May onwards)
Jellylorum Celia Graham
Jemima Phoebe Lewis
Jennyanydots Lucinda Shaw
Quaxo / Mistoffelees Shiv Rabheru
Mungojerrie Joe Henry
Munkustrap Matt Krzan
Old Deuteronomy Kevin Stephen-Jones
Rumpleteazer Emily Langham
Rum Tum Tugger Marcquelle Ward
Skimbleshanks Lee Greenaway
Tantomile Gabrielle Cocca
Victoria Sophia McAvoy
Hannah Kenna Thomas (emergency cover for September)
Swing Lydia Bannister
Swing Lucy Brushett
Swing Alice Cornwell
Swing Connor McAllister
Swing Dane Quixall
Swing Oliver Ramsdale
Swing Guy Salim
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2017

January 2017 - November 2017
Character Performer
Admetus / Macavity Jak Allen-Anderson
Alonzo Robin Lake
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones / Rumpus Cat Tony McGill
Bill Bailey Aaron Hunt
Bombalurina Charlie Johnson
Carbucketty Enric Marimon
Joel Morris (March - May 2017)
Cassandra Natalie Bennyworth
Coricopat Fletcher Dobinson
Demeter Agnes Pure
Grizabella Joanna Ampil
Jellylorum Charlotte Scott
Jemima Grace Swaby
Jennyanydots Joanna Lee Martin
Quaxo / Mistoffelees Daniel Corthorn (January - March 2017)
Axel Alvarez (March - May 2017)
Robbie McMillan (from July 2017)
Mungojerrie Joe Henry
Munkustrap Matt Krzan
Old Deuteronomy John Ellis
Adam Linstead (August injury cover)
Barry Haywood (September injury cover)
Rumpleteazer Meg Astin
Rum Tum Tugger Pepe Muñoz (until injured Feb 2017)
John Brannoch (from July 2017)
Skimbleshanks Lee Greenaway
Tantomile Eilish Harmon-Beglan
Victoria Sophia McAvoy
Walking Cover Jordan Castle
Swing Alice Cornwell
Swing Alexandra Girard
Swing Nathan Johnson
Swing Nell Martin
Swing Dane Quixall
Swing Oliver Ramsdale (March - May 2017)
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2018

January 2018 - October 2018
Character Performer
Admetus / Macavity Bradley Andrew
Alonzo Robin Lake
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones / Rumpus Cat Tony McGill
Bill Bailey Dean Ambrose
Bombalurina Rory Furey-King
Carbucketty Bruce Aguilar-Rohan
Cassandra Nell Martin
Coricopat Fletcher Dobinson
Demeter Ella Nonini
Grizabella Joanna Ampil
Jellylorum Elizabeth Futter
Jemima Grace Swaby
Jennyanydots Ceili O'Connor
Quaxo / Mistoffelees Alex Harrison
Mungojerrie Billy Mahoney
Munkustrap Gregor Stewart
Old Deuteronomy John Ellis
Rumpleteazer Naoimh Morgan
Rum Tum Tugger John Brannoch
Skimbleshanks Matthew Rowland
Tantomile Eilish Harmon-Beglan
Victoria Gabrielle Parker
Walking Cover Jordan Castle
Swing Gemma Buckingham
Swing Thalia Burt
Swing Peter Cork
Swing Nathan Johnson
Swing Dane Quixall
Swing Amy Whittle
December 2018 - April 2019
Character Performer
Admetus / Macavity Thomas Inge
Alonzo Lloyd Davies
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones / Rumpus Cat Matt Harrop
Bill Bailey Dean Ambrose
Bombalurina Sally Frith
Carbucketty Louis Van Leer
Cassandra Katie Deacon
Coricopat Fletcher Dobinson
Demeter Ella Nonini
Grizabella Jenna Lee James
Jellylorum Elizabeth Futter
Jemima Grace Swaby
Jennyanydots Ceili O'Connor
Quaxo / Mistoffelees Alex Harrison
Mungojerrie Billy Mahoney
Munkustrap Jak Skelly
Old Deuteronomy John Ellis
Rumpleteazer Kirsty Ingram
Rum Tum Tugger Dan Partridge
Skimbleshanks Matthew Rowland
Tantomile Eilish Harmon-Beglan
Victoria Hannah Kenna Thomas
Swing Gemma Buckingham
Swing Peter Cork
Swing Rebecca Fennelly
Swing Nathan Zach Johnson
Swing Andrew Keelan
Swing Amy Whittle
Swing / Resident Director Dane Quixall
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2019

June 2019 - January 2020
Character Performer
Admetus / Macavity Thomas Inge (Dance Captain)
Alonzo Lloyd Davies
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones / Rumpus Cat Andrew Keelan
Bill Bailey Mukeni Nel
Bombalurina Sally Frith
Carbucketty Cian Hughes
Cassandra Danielle Cato
Coricopat Rhys Batten
Demeter Erica Jayne Alden
Grizabella Li-Tong Hsu (China)
Joanna Ampil (Manila & Singapore)
Jellylorum Elizabeth Futter
Jemima Holly Willock
Jennyanydots Amy Whittle
Quaxo / Mistoffelees Harry Francis (June - August)
Axel Alvarez (August - October)
Harry Francis (November - January)
Mungojerrie Joe Henry
Munkustrap Luke Fraser Yates
Old Deuteronomy Nicholas Pound
Rumpleteazer Kirsty Ingram
Rum Tum Tugger George Hinson
Skimbleshanks Gavin Eden
Tantomile Gabrielle Cocca (Dance Captain)
Victoria Ellie Young
Walking Cover Barry Haywood
Swing Liam Buckland
Swing Abigail Dever
Swing Lee Nicholson
Swing Brian O'Muiri
Swing Elly Shaw
Swing Alexandra Wright
Swing / Resident Director Dane Quixall
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2020

Before the tour was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the following cast had been announced for the since-cancelled 2020 China run: Rhys Batten as Coricopat / Dance Captain, Jo Bird as Tantomile, Karina Russell as Victoria. Because of the tour's suspension, many of the cast members ended up transferring to the 2020 Asia Tour instead.

2022

May 2022 -
Character Performer
Admetus / Macavity Aaron Elijah
Alonzo Sebastian Goffin
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones / Rumpus Cat Hal Fowler
Bill Bailey Aaron Hunt
Bombalurina Lizzie Nance
Carbucketty Joel Cooper
Cassandra Erin Gisele Chapman
Coricopat Shakeel Kimotho
Demeter Frances Dee
Grizabella Jacinta Whyte
Ina Wroldsen (from 06/10/2022 to 30/10/2022)
Jellylorum Aimee Hodnett
Elizabeth Futter (emergency cover; 25/06/2022 until 03/07/2022)
Jemima Lottie Stephens
Jennyanydots Sarah-Marie Maxwell
Quaxo / Mistoffelees Liam Mower
Mungojerrie Harry Robinson
Munkustrap Russell Dickson
Old Deuteronomy Martin Callaghan
Rumpleteazer Ella Kemp
Kirsty Ingram (emergency cover; 25-26/06/2022)
Rum Tum Tugger Ed Wade (until 07/08/2022)
Skimbleshanks Philip Bertioli
Tantomile Milan Cacacie
Victoria Maiya Hikasa
Walking Cover Connor McAllister
Swing Anna Campkin
Swing Freddie Clements
Swing (emergency) Benjamin Mundy (from 24/06/2022 until 03/07/2022)
Swing Roan Pronk
Swing / Resident Director Dane Quixall
Swing Kayleigh Thadani
Swing Daniel Timoney
Swing / Dance Captain Carrie Willis
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Trivia

  • Cats was China's most popular musical of 2018, earning more than 100 million yuan and accounting for 22.4 per cent of the revenues for all musicals in China that year.[3]

References

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