In 1987, Cats moved from Sydney to Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne where it started on 10th October 1987. The production ran until December 1988.

Production Specifics

The Melbourne production was a transfer of the show from Sydney. The cast included a member of the original London cast: Femi Taylor - the original Tantomile - played Bombalurina in Melbourne. She later reprised this role in the West End production. Also Jason Gardiner, who played Alonzo in London and on the video, was in the ensemble.

As in Sydney, there were 22 cats (no Electra), including Sillabub, Tumblebrutus and Pouncival.

The production closed in December 1988. In October 1989, a touring production that went through Australia started.

Production Team

Recreator of the Original Direction & Choreography: Jo-Anne Robinson

Set Designer: Raymond Huessy


October 1987
Character Performer Replacement
AlonzoRumpus Cat Mark Hodge Sean Hingston 
AsparagusBustopher Jones Grant Smith
Bombalurina Femi Taylor
Cassandra Loreen Tacke
Coricopat Rod Waterworth 
Demeter Linda Hartley  Julie Blythe
Grizabella Megan Williams  Maria Mercedes
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Patricia Pitney 
Jennyanydots Anna Butera 
Mistoffelees Dale Baker 
Mungojerrie Garry Ginivan  Lorry D'Ercole
Munkustrap Richard Pettyfer 
Old Deuteronomy John Wood 
Plato / Macavity Sean Hingston  Gerard Symonds
Pouncival Jess Jiminez  Rodney Syaranamual
Rum Tum Tugger Jeff Phillips 
Rumpleteazer Rachael Beck 
Sillabub Emma Callaghan 
Skimbleshanks John Hackett 
Tantomile Fo Stamatiou 
Tumblebrutus Todd Mckenny 
Victoria Melinda O'Connor Penny Handley
Cats Chorus Chris Dickson
Cats Chorus Vanessa Fallon Anne Wood
Cats Chorus Angela Johnson
Cats Chorus Gary Jones
Cats Chorus David Outtrim
Swing Billy Burke
Swing Shawn Fitzgerald
Swing Lee Lawrence
Swing Paul McAleer
Swing William Mulholland
Swing Felicity Blackney
Swing Makeely Clarke
Swing Angelina Emanuele
Swing Sharon Millerchip