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Monday 18 December 2017

Cats gets a makover including rap songs

Record-breaking musical Cats is getting a modern makeover complete with a rapping cat when it heads back to the West End later this year.

The show, inspired by the poems in TS Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats, has been seen by more than 50 million people in more than 30 countries since its launch in 1981.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said he was "never very happy" with some parts of the show including the Rum Tum Tugger song.

He said the character would become "a street cat" in the new version, adding: "I've come to the conclusion that having read Eliot again, maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap.

"The thing about the Eliot verse is that you can tell he's American, nobody other than Eliot would have written 'The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat'," he explained

Cats made its debut in 1981 and ran in the West End for 21 years and 18 years on Broadway.

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