Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward leads the cast of Cats
November 2, 2018 | by admin
Francesca Hayward,Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet, has joined the cast ofUniversal PicturesandWorking Title’s film adaptation of theAndrew Lloyd WebbermusicalCats. Directed by Academy Award® winnerTom Hooper.
Director of The Royal BalletKevin O’Harecomments: ‘I’m delighted that Francesca has been asked to take the leading role inCatswhich promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one which showcases her fantastic talent to a whole new audience. I have no doubt that she will shine in this role as she has done in so many productions with The Royal Ballet and look forward to her returning to the Company next spring.’
Based on“Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”byT.S. Eliot, the film adaptation will be produced byWorking Title Filmsin association withMonumental PicturesandThe Really Useful Groupand executive produced by three-time Oscar® winnerSteven Spielberg, Lloyd WebberandAngela Morrison.
Hayward is replaced in Alastair Marriott’s TheUnknown Soldierby Principal dancerYasmine Naghdi.Further cast changes for the Autumn and Winter seasons will be announced in due course.