Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats, opened in London on the West End in 1981 where it ran for 21 years, then on Broadway in 1982 where it ran for 18 years. It has been performed throughout the world in Australia, South America, South Korea, the Philippines, Hungary, Spain, America and Austria. It is based on the TS Eliot poem, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. It has won both the Tony and the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Musical. The original production team was led by Trevor Nunn as director and Gillian Lynne as choreographer.
It is the fourth longest-running West End musical and the second longest-running production on Broadway. It was filmed for television in 1998.
Richard performed as ‘swing’ during 1994 and 1995 – performing different roles in any production, in particular, Macavity Cat and Admetus.