Admetus is a chorus character in the musical Cats. The name "Admetus" is used in London and some other productions. In Broadway and subsequent productions, the name "Plato" was used for the same role. His main role in the show is to be the chorus identity for the actor who also plays "Macavity".
Admetus is an easy-going, friendly, goofy character. Although one of the tallest males, he tends to behave more like a kitten than other adults like Alonzo or Skimbleshanks. He remains in the background for most of the show, a strong dancer but rarely taking the lead. He is seen with Bill Bailey and Carbucketty to scratch Grizabella, showing a lack of empathy and an immature attitude.
|“||Very good dancer. Ensemble Baritone. Pas de Deux with good strength in lifts.||”|
Admetus often performs the mating dance with Victoria during the Jellicle Ball - this is due to his dual role as Macavity that requires great strength to throw Munkustrap during the fight, which makes lifting a small girl comparatively easy.
In Australian-style productions, Admetus is a common chorus/swing cat, while Plato is the main role. For the 2015-16 tour, Plato was renamed to Admetus instead.
Admetus is a tall adult male, ginger and white, with a distinctive ginger wig. Plato's costume was originally a completely different design, but since the release of the video, the London-style costume designs have been used with the Broadway-style names, leading to Plato often wearing Admetus' costume.
His makeup is relatively simple and elegant. This is due to the fact he applies the Macavity makeup directly on top of Admetus design, and then after Macavity's scenes he re-applies Admetus makeup for the remainder of the show.
The 1998 film of Cats uses most of the Broadway names for the chorus cats (Tumblebrutus not Bill-Bailey, Pouncival not Carbucketty, Plato not Admetus) Fans quickly spotted an unnamed background character, not credited except as Rumpus Cat. Not knowing who he was, and recognising that Admetus was not named in the film either, the fans decided this unknown cat was called "Admetus". However, his actual identity is "George". George had only appeared in the London production, played by Steven Wayne for almost the entire run, so was unfamiliar to most fans online. George is generally a quiet background character whose main purpose in the show is to play Rumpus Cat. His costume is notable in its lack of distinguishing features on the unitard, he's greyish brown and has light hatching in loose patches. His most distinctive feature is his wig, which has white bangs, one brown ear, one black ear.