Full casting has been confirmed for the UK and European tour of Cats which opens at the Manchester Opera House on Saturday 30th January 2016.
Leading the cast as Grizabella is Anita Louise Combe (pictured) who recently appeared as Tessie Tura in Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Savoy Theatre.
Reprising his performance from the musical's recent run at the London Palladium is West End Frame Award nominee Marcquelle Ward as Rum Tum Tugger whilst Matt Krzan continues as Munkustrap.
The full cast includes: Kevin Stephen-Jones as Old Deutoronomy, Greg Castiglioni as Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger, Shiv Rabheru as Quaxo/Mistoffelees, Joe Henry as Mungojerrie, Emily Langham as Rumpleteazer, Lee Greenaway as Skimbleshanks, Celia Graham as Jellyorum/Griddlebone, Rebecca Parker as Bombalurina, Helen Turner as Demeter, Lucinda Shaw as Jennyanydots, Sophia McAvoy as Victoria/White Cat, Phoebe Lewis as Jemima, Danielle Cato as Cassandra, Gabrielle Cocca as Tantomile, Enric Marimon as Carbucketty, James Titchener as Coricopat, Javier Cid as Macavity/Admetus, Josh Andrews as Alonzo/Rumpus and Aaron Hunt as Bill Bailey
Completing the cast are Megan Armstrong, Alice Cornwell, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale and Connor McAllister.
After closing in Manchester on 13th February 2016, Cats will travel to Genova, Torino, Milano, Bari, Bologna and Basel before returning to the UK to visit Birmingham, Ipswich, Leeds, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Southampton, Torquay, Sunderland and concluding in Stoke-on-Trent on 1st October 2016.
It was recently revealed that Cats will be revived on Broadway this summer. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical is directed by Trevor Nunn with associate direction and choreography by Gillian Lynne, design by John Napier and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.