It’s Meow Or Never! Could Your Cat Become A Theatrical Mascot?

Just Regional
May 31, 2013 3 mins read


The producers of a stage revival of one of ITV’s most successful comedies are searching for a vital role for the production.

The Rising Damp team are searching for a black-and-white moggy to be the official mascot for the show while it is at Norwich Theatre Royal on June 17-22.

They just need a fame-hungry feline to take the role of Vienna, the cat belonging to landlord Rigsby, for a photo-shoot to mark the Norwich launch of the production.

Venue spokesman John Bultitude said: “Vienna was really the fifth member of the original cast alongside Rigsby and his tenants Philip, Alan and Miss Jones. Vienna was even at the centre of one episode when Rigsby’s lodgers knitted him a blanket in Labour colours to annoy their Tory-voting landlord.”

So what are the producers looking for? They say they want a family-friendly moggy who is happy to pose in front of the camera and help promote the show.

The winning cat will be selected by a panel, which includes the producers, and form the centre point of a photo-call at Norwich Theatre Royal. The owner (and a guest) will also be invited to the first night of Rising Damp later in the evening.

Anyone who thinks their cat would be purr-fect for the part is asked to email a picture in jpg format to e.aspin@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk by Friday June 7. The winning cat and owner will need to be available to come to Norwich Theatre Royal on the afternoon and early evening of Monday June 17.

The special photo-call comes ahead of the show taking to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage. It comes from the same producers as the hugely-successful tours of Birds Of A Feather and Dinnerladies, and is directed by original Rising Damp star Don Warrington, who played Philip in the original show and is also a regular in BBC One’s hit comedy drama Death In Paradise.

Theatre spokesman John Bultitude said: “In the past 12 months, we’ve looked for young people to star in Oliver! and those of an older generation to star in The Ladykillers, but this is a brand new challenge which has everyone feline positive about finding a new Norfolk star to hit the spotlight.

“Don’t pussyfoot around. We are now appealing to the people of Norfolk for the purr-fect cat. No Vienna to promote Rising Damp would be a total cat-astrophe.”


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