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Former Hollyoaks star Gerard McCarthy hopes to bring something different to his one-man show 'CAT'

Former Hollyoaks and The Fall star Gerard McCarthy has said he's looking forward to his new Northern Ireland production - about a West End star who says he was dropped just minutes before he took to the stage on the opening night.

Belfast-born Gerard plays lead actor Dave, who was reportedly forced out of the famous musical CATS moments before he was to make his debut in 1981.

CATS ran for 21-years in the West End and its tagline was ‘Now and Forever. Since Dave didn’t get to step on to the stage, his tagline is ‘Not Now, Not Ever.’

Gerard said: “I’m really excited about playing this role, especially as I’m Northern Irish, I’m looking forward to bringing it home and seeing the audience’s appreciation for it.”

The comedy musical recently played to sell-out audiences at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden and at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Gerard  added: “Although it’s been done twice before, I’ve not been in it, I’m looking forward to the role as I believe I can bring something different to it.”

Written by Richard Hardwick and Jamie Beamish ‘CAT’ features characters based on the likes of Lord Lloyd Webber, Tall Timmy Rice, Crazy Hair Trevor and leading lady Elaine Page.

It opens on Monday 23 February and runs to Saturday 28 February at The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey.

Belfast Telegraph