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I've just gotten home from watching Cats with my 11 yr old and his friend, I loved it, so did they, giving it 8 out of ten. I agree. I went expecting to hate it. I hadn't seen the stage version, so had no comparison as a starting point. It really was a festive treat, Francesca Hayward was lovely, appearing in just about every scene. She has a really beautiful expressive face which added to her role. I was surprised that she sang, I am hoping it was indeed her. Steven McRae's tap dancing was phenomenal! I can't work out why the film received zero or only one star reviews, I didn't read them beforehand as I really wanted to come to my own opinion without the critics words and spoilers reverberating in my head. Three people walked out of the screening this afternoon, about 30 minutes in; this got me thinking about the negative reviews on the way home. I think perhaps this is a film where there is no middle ground, you either just love straight away, or you don't. It has an unusual rather unreal quality to it, not quite magical, but an unusual 'feel.' If you love the poems of T.S Eliot and the music of ALW, and want to watch some wonderful cats with human faces, then go, suspend disbelief and enjoy.
Francesca Hayward is to take the lead role in the new film Cats - see http://www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-ballet-principal-francesca-hayward-leads-the-cast-of-cats?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter She'll be replaced in The Unknown Soldier by Yasmine Naghdi and will be back with the company in the spring.
UKMASTERCLASS - A DAY OF CONTRAST FOR MUSICAL LOVERS!!! EXPERIENCE THE SEXY RAZZLE DAZZLE OF FOSSE THE MUSICAL AND COME TO POUNCE AT THE JELLICLE BALL FROM CATS. To start the day: A high energy warm up class to get the hips and whiskers moving. To follow: A Fosse repertoire session from Fosse the Musical by one of our great Fosse dancers BENJAMIN DREW and, just when you thought the body could not move anymore, JASMINE COLANGELO will set the scene for the Jellicle Ball, where whiskers and tails will certainly be twitching and swishing. FUN! FUN! FUN! BOOK ONLINE: www.ukmasterclass.co.uk Date: Sunday 23rd April Time: 10:30AM - 5:30PM Venue: THE URDANG ACADEMY The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RP Age: 15+ Level: Intermediate / Advance Price: £75 (10% discount when signing-up before 9th April)