Kerry Ellis will join the cast of Cats at the London Palladium to play Grizabella from 9 February 2015, taking over from Nicole Scherzinger who continues in the role until 7 February as previously announced. Due to public demand, the run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking show has now been extended to 25 April 2015.
More than 100,000 new tickets for sale have now gone on sale – tickets for Cats are from £20 with top price seats at £59.50 and children’s tickets at half price for Monday to Thursday performances.
West End musical star Kerry Ellis has played Elphaba in Wicked both in the West End and on Broadway. Her other theatre credits include War of the Worlds arena tour, Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Les Misérables at the Queens Theatre, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and My Fair Lady for the National Theatre and in the West End.
Ellis has also performed on tour and in the UK in The Sound of the Musicals, West End Women and Rent 20th Anniversary Concert. With Brian May she completed a UK and European tour of Acoustic by Candlelight. Her other concert performances include Kerry Ellis Live at the London Palladium, Anthems at the Royal Albert Hall and on tour, Proms on the Thames with Russell Watson, Halle at Lytham Proms with Michael Ball, Night of 1000 Voices, Chess in Concert and The Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, Godspell in Concert at Manchester Opera House and BBC Proms in the Park. Her latest album, Kerry Ellis, was released last year followed by a UK solo tour.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the West End last month with the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – reunited for the Palladium run.
The current West End cast comprises Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Kerry Ellis (Grizabella) from 9 February 2015, Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima), Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy), Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) until 7 February 2015, Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter), Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer) and Benjamin Yates (Mungojerrie) who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.