CAT – (The Play!!!) – Ambassadors Theatre

Gerard McCarthy channelling Les Miserables in CAT – (THE PLAY!!!). Photo by Bobbin Photography

Gerard McCarthy channelling Les Miserables in CAT – (The Play!!!) at the Ambassadors Theatre, London. Picture: Bobbin Photography

CAT – (The Play!!!) at the Ambassadors Theatre, London.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Apart from having one of the silliest titles ever to hit the West End, CAT is a little theatrical treasure, a hilarious tribute to musical theatre, which had a full house laughing from start to finish.

Hollyoaks actor Gerard McCarthy as Dave The Cat, the showbiz wannabe whose dreams of playing Jesus’ donkey in Superstar, and subsequently a llama, bulldog and cat in Lloyd Webber musicals, one by one bit the dust, got everything out of Jamie Beamish and Richard Hardwick’s consistently entertaining script.

McCarthy is a terrific performer, never putting a foot or paw wrong in a one-man show delivered word-perfectly for 100 minutes, a feat in itself, apart from the triple threat talent it required.

Impersonations of the noble lord – “Andy” – and Trevor Nunn hit the button as well in this cleverly imagined but fictitious tale of the heartbreaking side of this fickle business.

The show, rich on nostalgia, has played successfully at Leicester Curve and various Irish venues before this all-too-short two-day berth at the Ambassadors.

The word seemed to have got out and the show received the packed audience and standing ovation it deserved.

Directed by Stephen Whitson and superbly choreographed by Richard Jones, this was one of those evenings that more than lived up to expectations. Thanks for the ‘Memory’.

Jeremy Chapman

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