Buxton’s home-grown musical star Oliver Savile has swapped the French Revolution for a different kind of rebellion in his latest stage role.
He made his West End debut in Les Miserables, playing a student and the leading role Enjolras over its six-month run, and when the show finished, was immediately cast as the ‘rebel with a glint in his eye’, Rum Tum Tugger in the ever-popular Cats.
And Oliver has returned up north this week for the opening of the show at the Manchester Opera House.
“You couldn’t get two more opposite shows than Les Mis and Cats,” said Oliver.
“Cats is an iconic show which should be part of everybody’s lives.”
When Andrew Lloyd Webber put T S Elliot’s poems to music, with choreography by Gillian Lynne, Cats became a worldwide evergreen hit.
Rum Tum Tugger’s songs include the eponymous showstopper as well as Mr Mifistoffelees.
The Tugger is a Tom with a wild mane and leopard spots on his chest, very fickle and unappeasable, “for he will do as he do do and there’s no doing anything about it”, as Elliott put it.
“It’s a part everyone wants to play,” said former Buxton Community School pupil Oliver.
“I’m just glad I’ve had the chance to have a go.”
And he’s also looking forward to visiting Buxton – and his dad Marcus’ performance in the kitchen: “It’s nice to get cooked for!”, said Oliver.
Cats opened at Manchester Opera House on Tuesday and runs until Saturday April 20.
For more details, visit www.manchestertheatres.com.