Cast of Characters

There are so many characters in CATS! Each one has a name and a personality, and some of them even have different costumes. How can it be possible to remember all of them?

Fear not, young grasshopper. Here's your handy-dandy field guide to every single one of the Jellicles.

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Queens

In real life, female cats are called "mollies"; in the CATS fandom, they're referred to as "queens". Don't ask me why. Anyway, ladies first!

 

Bombalurina
"Bomba", "Bombie", "Bombs"

A flirty and sensual younger queen who is one of the lead females. Known as "the scarlet bombshell" by some fans.

Songs she's featured in: The Old Gumbie Cat, The Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella the Glamour Cat, Bustopher Jones, Macavity the Mystery Cat

Original London Cast: Geraldine Gardner
Original Broadway Cast: Donna King
Video Cast: Rosemarie Ford

 

Cassandra
"Cass", "Cassie"

A sleek, mysterious, and elegant queen who's rather aloof, but has class. Chosen as Mister Mistoffelees's assistant for his magic trick.

Songs she's featured in: Magical Mister Mistoffelees

Original London Cast: Seeta Indrani
Original Broadway Cast: René Ceballos
Video Cast: Rebecca Parker

 

Demeter
"Dem", "Deme"

The other lead queen with Bombalurina, but more reserved, skittish, and even paranoid. This is commonly believed to be the result of a bad experience with Macavity.

Songs she's featured in: The Old Gumbie Cat, Grizabella the Glamour Cat, Macavity the Mystery Cat

Original London Cast: Sharon Lee Hill
Original Broadway Cast: Wendy Edmead
Video Cast: Aeva May

 

Griddlebone
"Griddle"

A fluffy Persian queen who is the object of the pirate Growltiger's affection and sings a duet with him. Also associated, for unknown reasons, with Macavity. Usually played by the same actress who plays Jellylorum.

Songs she's featured in: Growltiger's Last Stand, In Una Tepida Notte/The Ballad of Billy M'caw

Original London Cast: Susan Jane Tanner
Original Broadway Cast: Bonnie Simmons
Omitted from video

 

Grizabella
"Griz"

The former Glamour Cat who was perhaps once a member of the tribe, but is now old, withered, and shunned. Ultimately given redemption by being chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn.

Songs she's featured in: Grizabella the Glamour Cat, Memory, Journey to the Heaviside Layer

Original London Cast: Elaine Paige
Original Broadway Cast: Betty Buckley
Video Cast: Elaine Paige

 

 

Jellylorum
"Jelly"

An older queen who has a close bond with Gus. Helps Jennyanydots look after the tribe's kittens.

Songs she's featured in: The Old Gumbie Cat, Bustopher Jones, Gus the Theatre Cat

Original London Cast: Susan Jane Tanner
Original Broadway Cast: Bonnie Simmons
Video Cast: Susan Jane Tanner

 

Jennyanydots
"Jenny"

 

The Old Gumbie Cat who sits all day and trains the mice and cockroaches at night; likes to keep things in order. Helps Jellylorum look after the tribe's kittens.

Songs she's featured in: The Old Gumbie Cat, Bustopher Jones

Original London Cast: Myra Sands
Original Broadway Cast: Anna McNeely
Video Cast: Susie McKenna

 

 

 

Rumpleteazer
"Teazer", "Rumple"

A mischievous and cheeky young queen who makes up a duo of thieves with Mungojerrie. Naughty, but lovable.

Songs she's featured in: Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles (as the Peke)

Original London Cast: Bonnie Langford
Original Broadway Cast: Christine Langner
Video Cast: Jo Gibb

 

Tantomile
"Tanto"

One of the two "mystical twins" along with Coricopat. Mysterious and perhaps psychic.

Songs she's featured in: Old Deuteronomy

Original London Cast: Femi Taylor
Original Broadway Cast: Janet L. Hubert
Video Cast: Kaye Brown

Toms

Both in and outside of the fandom, male cats are called "toms" or "tomcats".

 

Alonzo
"Lonz", "Lonzy"

A younger tom who is often seen as third in command of the tribe, after Old Deuteronomy and Munkustrap. Playful and borderline flirtatious.

Songs he's featured in: Song of the Jellicles, the Macavity fight

Original London Cast: Roland Alexander
Original Broadway Cast: Hector Jaime Mercado
Video Cast: Jason Gardiner

 

Asparagus
"Gus", "Young Gus", "Gus Junior"

Technically the same character as Gus, but as a chorus member; the video contains both because the actor playing Gus was too old to serve in the chorus. Often referred to by fans as "young Gus" or "Gus Junior".

Songs he's featured in: The Naming of Cats

Original London Cast: Stephen Tate
Original Broadway Cast: Stephen Hanan
Video Cast: Tony Timberlake

 

Bustopher Jones
"Bustopher", "BJ"

The posh St. James's Street Cat who seems to be highly regarded in the human world and enjoys a good meal. Quite robust despite being a "25-pounder".

Songs he's featured in: Bustopher Jones

Original London Cast: Brian Blessed
Original Broadway Cast: Stephen Hanan
Video Cast: James Barron

 

Coricopat
"Cori", "Corico"

One of the two "mystical twins" along with Tantomile. Mysterious and perhaps psychic.

Songs he's featured in: Old Deuteronomy

Original London Cast: Donald Waugh
Original Broadway Cast: René Clemente
Video Cast: Tommi Sliiden

 

Genghis

The leader of the Siamese horde that attacks Growltiger and sends him to his watery grave. Usually played by the same actor who plays Mungojerrie.

Alternate name: Gilbert

Songs he's featured in: Growltiger's Last Stand

Original London Cast: Donald Waugh (listed as Gilbert)
Original Broadway Cast: Steven Gelfer
Omitted from video

 

Great Rumpus Cat
"The Rumpus Cat", "Rumpus"

The feline Superman who scares away the Pollicle Dogs. It's not certain whether he really exists or if he's just part of a made-up story. Usually played by the same actor who plays Admetus.

Songs he's featured in: The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles

Omitted from Original London Cast
Original Broadway Cast: Kenneth Ard
Video Cast: Frank Thompson

 

Growltiger
"Growl", "Tiger"

A fictitious pirate, the "Terror of the Thames", who Gus famously portrayed in his younger days. Played by the same actor who plays Asparagus/Gus.

Songs he's featured in: Growltiger's Last Stand, In Una Tepida Notte/The Ballad of Billy M'caw

Original London Cast: Stephen Tate
Original Broadway Cast: Stephen Hanan
Omitted from video

 

Gus

The old, retired Theatre Cat who is known for his many acting achievements, among them Growltiger and Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell.

Songs he's featured in: Gus the Theatre Cat, Growltiger's Last Stand

Original London Cast: Stephen Tate
Original Broadway Cast: Stephen Hanan
Video Cast: John Mills

 

Macavity
"Mac", "Maca", "Maccy"

The show's antagonist and master criminal who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy and fights Munkustrap. Suggested to have a past with Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer, and Griddlebone, and perhaps Demeter and Bombalurina.

Songs he's featured in: Macavity the Mystery Cat/the fight

Original London Cast: John Thornton
Original Broadway Cast: Kenneth Ard
Video Cast: Bryn Walters

 

Mistoffelees
"Misto", "Misty", "Stoff"

A magical young tom who uses his powers to bring back Old Deuteronomy after the Macavity attack. Quiet and aloof, but also showy; the child prodigy of the tribe.

Songs he's featured in: Magical Mister Mistoffelees

Original London Cast: Wayne Sleep
Original Broadway Cast: Timothy Scott
Video Cast: Jacob Brent

 

Mungojerrie
"Mungo", "Jerrie"

A silly and mischievous tom who makes up a duo of thieves with Rumpleteazer. Naughty, but lovable.

Songs he's featured in: Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles (as the Pollicle)

Original London Cast: John Thornton
Original Broadway Cast: René Clemente
Video Cast: Drew Varley

 

Munkustrap
"Munk", "Munku", "Munkus", "Munky"

The Jellicle Protector, second in command after Old Deuteronomy. He also serves as the storyteller and caretaker of the kittens. Fights Macavity. Serious, but loyal and affectionate.

Songs he's featured in: Invitation to the Jellicle Ball, The Old Gumbie Cat, Old Deuteronomy, The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles, Growltiger's Last Stand (as a crew member), the Macavity fight, Memory

Original London Cast: Jeff Shankley
Original Broadway Cast: Harry Groener
Video Cast: Michael Gruber

 

Old Deuteronomy
"Deut", "Old D"


The wise and beloved patriarch of the tribe who makes the "Jellicle Choice" at the end of the show.

Songs he's featured in: Old Deuteronomy, Moments of Happiness, Memory, Journey to the Heaviside Layer, The Ad-dressing of Cats

Original London Cast: Brian Blessed
Original Broadway Cast: Ken Page
Video Cast: Ken Page

 

 

Quaxo
"Quax", "Quaxie"

The chorus member form of Mistoffelees, though it's uncertain whether they're the same character. Quaxo does appear to have some magical abilities, but seems to be a bit more playful than Mistoffelees.

Songs he's featured in: Invitation to the Jellicle Ball, The Old Gumbie Cat, The Rum Tum Tugger, Bustopher Jones, Old Deuteronomy, Growltiger's Last Stand (as a crew member)

Original London Cast: Wayne Sleep
Original Broadway Cast: Timothy Scott
Video Cast: Jacob Brent

 

Rum Tum Tugger
"Tugger", "Tugs", "Tug", "Tuggy"

Rebellious, flirtatious, and sexual; the tribe's wannabe rockstar and teen heartthrob. Wildly popular among the kittens and young adults, but frowned upon by the tribe's older members.

Songs he's featured in: The Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles, Growltiger's Last Stand (as a crew member), Magical Mister Mistoffelees

Original London Cast: Paul Nicholas
Original Broadway Cast: Terrence Mann
Video Cast: John Partridge

 

Skimbleshanks
"Skimble", "Skimbles"

The happy, upbeat Railway Cat who keeps things in order on the train on which he works. The "friendly uncle" of the tribe.

Songs he's featured in: Growltiger's Last Stand (as a crew member), Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat

Original London Cast: Ken Wells
Original Broadway Cast: Reed Jones
Video Cast: Geoffrey Garrat, voiced by David Arneil

Kittens

These are the tribe's youngest members; most of them are very minor roles.

 

Electra
"Lec", "Leccy"

A reserved, tomboyish queen-kitten who is part of the Rum Tum Tugger's fan club.

Original London Cast*
Omitted from Original Broadway Cast
Video Cast: Leah Sue Morland

 

Etcetera
"Etcy", "Cettie"

A very energetic queen-kitten who is the Rum Tum Tugger's biggest fan and screams for him at the end of his song.

Songs she's featured in: The Rum Tum Tugger

Original London Cast*
Original Broadway Cast: Christine Langner
Video Cast: Jo Bingham

 

Jemima
"Jem", "Jemmy"

The youngest kitten in the tribe. Sweet, innocent, and wise beyond her years. Helps the tribe to accept Grizabella.

Alternate name: Sillabub

Songs she's featured in: Moments of Happiness, Memory

Original London Cast: Sarah Brightman
Original Broadway Cast: Whitney Kershaw (listed as Sillabub)
Video Cast: Veerle Casteleyn, voiced by Helen Massey

 

Pouncival
"Pounce", "Pouncey"

A playful tom-kitten.

Alternate name: Carbucketty

Songs he's featured in: The Old Gumbie Cat (as the lead cockroach)

Original London Cast*
Original Broadway Cast: Herman Sebek
Video Cast: Karl Morgan

 

Tumblebrutus
"Tumble"

A slightly less excitable tom-kitten known for his flips and gymnastic stunts.

Alternate name: Bill Baily

Original London Cast: Roland Alexander*
Original Broadway Cast: Robert Hoshour
Video Cast: Fergus Logan

 

Victoria
"Vic", "Vicky", "Tori"

Innocent and graceful; the oldest kitten whose solo dance opens the "official" Jellicle Ball. She is the main focus of a pas de deux that is commonly referred to as the "Mating Dance" in the middle of the show and is the one to accept Grizabella at the end.

Songs she's featured in: Invitation to the Jellicle Ball, Song of the Jellicles

Original London Cast: Finola Hughes
Original Broadway Cast: Cynthia Onrubia
Video Cast: Phyllida Crowley Smith

 

*The Original London Cast simply lists "The Kittens" as Peter Barry, Julie Edmett, Anita Pashley, and Steven Wayne. Tumblebrutus, played by the same actor as Alonzo, appears only in the Growltiger number as a member of Growltiger's crew.

Swings

Swings are background characters who don't have solo lines and serve as general chorus members. These characters may appear in various combinations depending on the production.

 

Admetus
"Adme", "Addie"

Known among the fandom for having a goofy personality and making lots of funny faces. Usually plays the Great Rumpus Cat.

Alternate name: George

Original London Cast: John Chester (listed as George)
Omitted from Original Broadway Cast
Video Cast: Frank Thompson

 

Carbucketty
"Carbs"

Usually just an alternate name for Pouncival, but the original productions contained both.

Original London Cast: David Baxter
Original Broadway Cast: Steven Gelfer
Omitted from video

 

Exotica
"Xottie"

A role created exclusively for the video production; she appears in two different costumes, one all black and one calico.

Omitted from Original London Cast
Omitted from Original Broadway Cast
Video Cast: Femi Taylor

 

Olivia

A swing who can be found in the World Tour, also known as the Australian production. She looks rather like a female Admetus.

 

Plato

Participates in the "Mating Dance" with Victoria. Usually played by the same actor who plays Macavity.

Omitted from Original London Cast
Original Broadway Cast: Kenneth Ard
Video Cast: Bryn Walters

 

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