By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent, BBC News
2 hours ago
Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Trevor Nunn on the reopening of Cats
The hit musical Cats looks set to include a rapping feline when it returns to London's West End this year.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said the character of Rum Tum Tugger would become "a street cat" in the show.
Cats, which has not been seen in London for 14 years, is based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
"I've come to the conclusion having re-read Eliot, that maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap," Lord Lloyd-Webber said.
He said he had also "completely rewritten" the song Growltiger's Last Stand because "it was never my favourite moment of the show".
The composer was speaking at a launch event at the London Palladium on Monday, where Cats will run for 12 weeks from 6 December.
The musical has been seen by more than 50 million people in more than 30 countries since it premiered in 1981. It ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It is currently on a UK tour.
Over the years, the show has attracted many stars to its cast, including Elaine Paige, Wayne Sleep, Bonnie Langford and Brian Blessed.
The original show's director Sir Trevor Nunn said: "There's a whole new generation of kids who haven't seen it or discovered it."