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About the Show

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T. S. Eliot

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.

A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Winter Garden Theatre for just over 18 years.

National Youth Theatre is an all-access training programme for children and young adults aged between 7 - 21.  The CATS performances are the outcome of four months of training and workshops. Our productions are an ideal family entertainment - seeing peers of their own age performing on stage is a unique and aspirational experience for a young audience member.

Gallery (from our 2018 Production)

Important Dates

1st Rehearsal: 12th Feb 2023 

1st Round Auditions & Callbacks: 25th-26th Feb

Dance Extension Workshop and Audition: 19th Feb & 5th March

2nd Round Auditions & Callbacks: 11th & 18th March (Saturdays)

Weekend Intensive: 6th-7th May (Older cast, dance extension team and selected leads required)

Runs: 13th & 15th June (Leads and older cast)

Full Runs: 17th-18th June (full cast)

Theatre Week: 19th - 25th June (some time will be required off school)


Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD

School Performances: 

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd June

9.45am and 12.15pm

Public Performances:

Friday 23rd June - 7pm

Saturday 24th June - 1.30pm and 7pm

Sunday 25th June - 1.30pm

In the Room

Seamus Ford


Rebekkah Schoonbeek-Berridge (Ngāti Maru)


Nieve Wilson


Ben Kubiak


Miles Ford