‘Stars of tomorrow’ to give Ilford a purrfect show

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 July 2016

A West End performance of the musical Cats, which is on at the Kenneth More Theatre. Picture: PA/Andrew Milligan

A West End performance of the musical Cats, which is on at the Kenneth More Theatre. Picture: PA/Andrew Milligan

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The stars of tomorrow are taking the stage to perform one of Britain’s best loved musicals at the Kenneth More Theatre.

Children as young as six make up the cast of Cats, all in full costume and accompanied by a complete orchestra.

The reason for the youthful cast is composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s insistence that all theatres outside the West End do not include performers over the age of 21.

“They are quite literally the stars of tomorrow,” explained Steven Day, manager of the theatre in Oakfield Road, Ilford.

“When I was younger I started performing here when I was 10 years old, when there was a bit more money around.

“All the performances had complete orchestras and we had full costumes.

“I want to give the young people of today the chance to perform with the same tools we had.”

Lloyd Webber’s Cats, the West End’s fourth longest running musical, tells the story of a group of larger than life moggies living in a scrap yard.

The Kenneth More Theatre held a single casting day, and found a place for everyone that showed up.]

Megan O’Connor is playing the narrator a large grey tabby Munkustrap, while Ella Catterick is glamorous Grizabella, who was recently played by Nicole Scherzinger.

Steven was effervescent in his praise for his youthful cast.

“All the dance arrangements, all of the scenes are exactly the same as the West End, it is an adult production.

“The kids are really excited, they’ve rehearsed really well, and they cannot wait for opening night,” Steven added.

Cats is at the Kenneth More Theatre from Thursday to Saturday 23, with a matinee on the final day. Tickets are from £14 and can be bought at

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