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The distinctive look of the characters in Cats makes specialist wigs essential. This article analyses the professional wigs used in Replica productions.

Costs

The wigs used onstage for Cats are generally made from Yak hair, take 40 hours to make, and are worth, according to different accounts, at least £1,800 (UK Tour)[1] to $2500 (US Tour 5)[2] or $3000 (original Broadway)[3] The wigs are fully ventilated - every hair is knotted into the base by hand. Grizabella's wig is the exception - due to its length and softer styling, her wig has always been made of human hair as is more usual for theatrical wigs.

Construction

  1. Cats Transformation, UK Tour 2014
  2. Kym Chambers, US Tour 2005 Interview
  3. Broadway Facts about Cats, 2016