(Rupert Christiansen’s article appeared in the Telegraph 10/28.)
Thirty-four years after its première, I have to admit to being one of the few people on Planet Earth who has never seen Cats, and that my knowledge of its contents would fit on to the proverbial back of a postage stamp–a song and dance affair, based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum poems and featuring the lachrymose ballad “Memory”, being pretty much the sum of it. But as it ranks as one of the longest-running and most globally successful of all musicals, it’s about time I fell into line. So I confronted the assignment to review this revival of Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne’s original production with curiosity if not enthusiasm.
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