To commemorate this magical cinematic event, we've created a PSHE and literacy resource for students aged 7-14, Characters and Community. Across three lessons, the learning sequence explores inclusivity, personality, community and overcoming prejudice through the power of poetry and performance.
Engage your pupils in literacy learning using the original poetry that inspired the musical: T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and support them in creating their own imaginative poem inspired by the film. The characters and personalities that appear in the trailer will help pupils explore the complex themes of acceptance and redemption in an accessible way inspiring them to express these topics in their own creative writing.
To help you deliver the Character and Community lessons, we have 400 printed packs up for grabs! Each pack contains:
After completing the Character and Community resource lesson sequence, don't forget to enter your pupils in the My School Community competition!
Register and download the competition leaflet (or if you get one of the printed packs, use the copies included in the booklets) and encourage your students to nominate your school or class for being a great example of an inclusive, accepting and diverse community for the chance to win a private screening of Cats in the new year!
Entries close 10 January 2020.
Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.
James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and Francesca Hayward
Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.
Featuring Lloyd Webber's iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.
The film also stars Robbie Fairchild (Broadway's An American in Paris), Laurie Davidson (TNT's Will), hip-hop dance sensation LesTwins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois), acclaimed dancer Mette Towley(featured in videos for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D.), Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and rising-star singer Bluey Robinson.
Universal Pictures presents a Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Cats is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. The screenplay is by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Rocketman) and Hooper,based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot and the stage musical by Lloyd Webber. Cats is executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn.
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical "Cats" received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, "Cats" has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.