26 November to 7 December 2013
Reviewed by Becci Singleton
Based on the TS Elliot poems the fantastical feline musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber continues to be a worldwide phenomenon. I was lucky enough to go along and watch the performance on Wednesday 27 November at the wonderful Liverpool Empire theatre.
The venue itself is a beautiful traditional theatre right in the heart of Liverpool city centre making it easily accessible to both public transport and motorways. Once you step inside you feel instantly transported back to decades ago with plush red velvet seating and opulent gold gilded boxes it is surely the perfect setting for a wonderful night at the theatre.
The staging of Cats was a spectacular junk yard full of old boots, pipes, wheels, mattresses anything you could think of was piled high and literally flowing off the stage. Throughout the performance you would discover new hidden nooks and crannies that would literally have cats crawling out of them as a real junk yard may have.
With Cats only having a loose storyline you get to focus your attention more on the outstanding choreography of Gillian Lynne and the music from the orchestra. Throughout the performance we meet several types of cats all with weird and wonderful names and back stories such as Grizabella (the glamour cat), The Rum Tum Tugger (the curious cat) and Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer (the cat burglars), my favourite being Mr Mistoffelees (the magic cat) each has their own whimsical song and dance routine that has been honed to purr-fection.
With cats creeping up the aisles and literally making the audience squeal with delight you were on the edge of your seat throughout the performance. The show is running until the 7December and I would say it’s a must see especially for the cat lovers amongst us.
Tickets cost from £10 to £46.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
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