This week’s Watch Together” is a really special event! It’s a brief chance to see one of the most popular stage musicals of all time, CATS.

This incredible stage production stars the wonderful Elaine Paige in one of her most iconic roles.

Elaine Paige as Grizabella

In case you are new to our “Watch Together” series, each week during lockdown we’re selecting one of the many plays, musicals and other entertainment events which are being made available to view online for free by organisations like the National Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cirque du Soleil and many others.

We believe that the experience of watching a film, a play or a piece of theatre in the company of friends doesn’t have to stop just because of social distancing. With Watch Together we can share the experience together even while apart.

So make a date in your diary and join us. You can share your comments and thoughts about the show with the Greysnet community via the Chat forum.

CATS will be streamed at 7pm on 15 May and is available for 24 hours in the UK.

About the Show

CATS is one of the most successful stage musicals of all time. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber the show is based upon a collection of poems by T. S. Eliot from 1939 entitled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make the “Jellicle choice,” deciding which cat will be granted a new life.

The show was an enormous success when it premiered in the West End in 1981 thanks to its fabulously eclectic score which flits with cat-like grace from funky disco to tear-jerking ballads. Even in the flamboyant and over-the top world of musical theatre the show’s unique style set it apart thanks to the slinky cat-costumes and the thrillingly feline choreography of Gillian Lynne.

CATS currently holds the record as the fourth-longest-running Broadway show and the sixth-longest-running West End show.

This specially filmed production from 1998 stars Elaine Paige as Grizabella, the role she originated when the musical premiered in 1981 and which brought her a top 10 hit that year with the song Memory.

The show is being streamed via Andrew Lloyd Webbers YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On which was created to raise money for various charities during the Coronavirus pandemic.