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December 2002

It appears that the UK tour is nearly ready to go. However sources on Musicals.net say that the tour still needs a Bomba, Victoria and Misto [Update: The position of Misto has now been filled :)]
The tour begins next year. See below for details and dates.

**24th December 2002** ~ Two castlists member names have been unoffically released, this information from Musicals.net: Emma Tunmore is to play Bombalurina AND Chrissie Hammond is to play Grizabella. (Chrissie was the final London NLT Grizabella)

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November 2002

A new UK tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats is being co-produced by the Plymouth Theatre Royal. It's the purrfect way to launch Plymouth's new 5.5m production centre, where the props will be made and the rehearsals will be held.
Plymouth Theatre Royal is to launch the city's new production and education centre by building and rehearsing the theatre's production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Cats.
It's a double cause for celebration: to be co-producing the new tour of the smash hit musical, and to launch the new centre, which is called TR2.
The 5.5m centre is beside the River Plym at Cattedown, and theatre staff will be hard at work to get everything just right for the prestigious debut production.
Cats has enchanted audiences all over the world Everything for the show will be built at the centre - and all the rehearsals will take place there too.
Theatre chief executive Adrian Vinken said: "Cats is the most successful theatre production of all time.
"It will provide the best possible launch for TR2, involving an extensive education programme, energetic rehearsals, and large scale sets and props for us to make - it is sure to be a sell-out."
The musical played in the West End for 21 years, putting in almost 9,000 performances.
It's based on 14 poems of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, and it's a story about one special night when the tribe of Jellicle cats reunites in a larger-than-life junkyard to celebrate who they are.
The best known song is "Memory," which was first a hit with the original star of the show, Elaine Paige.
After exactly 21 years, in May 2002, the West End run came to an end. The new tour gets under way in early 2003, and is at the Plymouth Theatre Royal from February 15th to March 8th.
Tickets are priced 7 to 32.50 and are on sale now.

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September/October 2002

The UK tour of CATS commences next spring, around February/March 2003. This advert I found was in The Stage newspaper about two weeks ago.

The tour dates so far are as follows:

UK NATIONAL TOUR:

THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
Saturday 15 February - Saturday 8 March 2003
NOW ON SALE!!!
Box Office 01752 267222
Groups 01752 260960

PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Tuesday 11 March - Saturday 5 April 2003
NOW ON SALE!!!
Ticket Hotline 0161 242 2524
Groups 0161 245 6666

GRAND THEATRE, WOLVERHAMPTON
Tuesday 8 - Saturday 26 April 2003
Box Office 01902 429212
On sale from 3 December 2002
Groups 01902 573306

EMPIRE THEATRE, SUNDERLAND
Tuesday 29 April - Saturday 17 May 2003
Box Office 0191 514 2517
Ticketmaster 24hr Hotline 0870 5344 4444
On sale from 28 October 2002
Groups 0191 565 8592
THE PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH
Tuesday 20 May - Saturday 7 June 2003
Ticket Hotline 0870 606 3424
On sale from 1 November 2002
Groups 0131 524 3301

GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST
Tuesday 10 - Saturday 28 June 2003
Ticket Shop 028 9024 1919
On sale from 2 December 2002

*Credit Card bookings/Hotlines may be subject to booking fee's and administration charges.

Thanks to Carbucketty for this info.

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June 2002:


Some of the CATS were on the '2000' float in the Queen's Jubilee parade here in London. Among the CATS were Etcetera, Victoria, and Rumpleteazer! Elaine Paige was doing some of the commentary on I.T.V!


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