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Old Deuteronomy
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Junix Inocian as Old Deuteronomy



Movie Actor

Ken Page

Original London Actor

Brian Blessed

Original Broadway Actor

Ken Page

Old Deuteronomy is the patriarch character from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Cats.


Old Deuteronomy is a large, old grey cat. His coat consists of a full, fluffy robe. He is one of the larger cats, though he isn't mocked for his girth like Bustopher Jones is. He is an ancient cat who has lived 'many lives in succession'. Some fans speculate that he is 'immortal' or has psychic powers with which he guides the other Jellicles through dance and song.


Old Deuteronomy is considered by most fans to be a kind and just leader to the Jellicle Tribe. He is described as being wise in his many years and is respected and beloved by most the of the Jellicle Tribe. While he is 'old and tottery' and 'must go slow', he is fairly lively and dances along with a variety of songs performed for him. He is believed to live near the vicarage, as he rests 'on the vicarage wall'. He seems to care about Grizabella's feelings, he tries to accept her, but she doesn't seem to notice until the end. It seems he can't stand to see her broken down and sad. In the end, he seemed to have wanted her back into the tribe as he fully accepted her and seemed to love her.


High Baritone/Tenor (to G sharp). Must be able to move.  The wise, kind and very old leader of the cats.  He has authority and dignity. He should radiate understanding and warmth. 

Old Deuteronomy is one of the main characters in the show. He not only has a song in his name ("Old Deuteronomy") but he plays a major role in a number of other songs ("The Moments of Happiness ", "Invitation to the Jellicle Ball", "The Ad-dressing of Cats".) He is also responsible for choosing Grizabella to ascend to the Heaviside Layer at the end of the show.

Gallery Edit

Cats 09 Old Deuteronomy04:18

Cats 09 Old Deuteronomy

"Old Deuteronomy" as performed in the 1998 film by Ken Page, John Partridge and Michael Gruber.

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