The much-loved, record-breaking, all singing, all dancing feline friendly musical is coming to the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne this August. The cast of Cats will be arriving at Eastbourne straight from London’s West End, where one of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s most popular works has sold out.
Lucky East Sussex residents will be able to enjoy Cats from the comfort of the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne, where the show will be running for a week. Whilst the cast of Jellicle cats are getting ready for the Jellicle ball, we caught up with key character Rum Tum Tugger (Marcquelle Ward) to find out why the magical Heaviside Layer is a place we should all be visiting.
It must be fun pretending to be a cat for the evening. What do you do to get yourself into character on the day of the performance?
Because I’ve been playing Rum Tum Tugger in CATS since its 2015 West End run at the London Palladium theatre, getting ready for the show now feels like second nature. My preparation includes listening to some chilled music whilst going through my character’s objectives.
How long does it usually take to have all of your hair and make-up ready?
It takes me approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to apply my own make-up. As each character has their own specially designed make-up, I don’t rush as I always want it to be very precise. I have a couple of wigs in the show, and with the help of the great wig and costume team, it takes about 5-10 minutes to put it in place.
What’s your favourite song to perform from the musical, and why?
My favourite song to perform from CATS is probably Mr Mistoffelees, and then the Rum Tum Tugger – but it depends on my mood!
What makes Old Deuteronomy a good leader of the JellicleCats?
His compassion and wisdom.
Cats became the longest-running musical in Broadway history in 1997, why do you think the musical is so popular?
I believe it’s so popular because of its evocative story-line and catchy numbers – you always go out singing the songs once you’ve left the theatre.
There have been quite a few big names in some of the Cats performances over the years, such as Beverly Knight, Brian Blessed and Nicole Scherzinger. If you could choose one big star for the cast who would it be and for which character?
Vanessa Hudgens as Demeter would be my choice
Cats runs at the Congress Theatre, from Monday 22nd August to Saturday 27th August. You can buy tickets via the Eastbourne Theatres website.