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On display at V&A South Kensington
Theatre & Performance, Room 103

Theatre Costume

1981 (made)

Object details
Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Theatre Costume
  • Shoe
  • Theatre Costume
  • Shoe
Materials and techniques
Leather, paint and gaffer tape
Brief description
Pair of shoes worn by Elaine Paige as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats, New London Theatre, 1981
Gallery label
Re:Imagining Musicals, 15th October 2022 - 27th November 2023 Shoes for Grizabella in Cats 1981 These well-worn shoes belonged to Elaine Paige, who originated the role of Grizabella in Cats at the New London Theatre. In the musical’s first scene, Paige’s character was introduced as a playful kitten, later appearing disheveled in tattered coat and heels as the aging Glamour Cat. Inspired by T.S Eliot’s unpublished poem, Grizabella’s solo number ‘Memory’, with lyrics by director Trevor Nunn, has gone on to become one of musical theatre’s most recognisable songs. Made by Freed London Leather, paint and gaffer tape Museum no. S.294&A-1989 Given by Brian Blessed (2022)
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Record createdJuly 1, 2009
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