Lindsay Atherton - YMT Alumni - Youth Music Theatre UK

An interview with Lindsay Atherton


Fresh from performing in CATS at the London Palladium, we chat with YMT Alumni Lindsay Atherton about her experience!

I did The Chosen Room (2008), Eight (2009), A Song for Eurydice (2010), Korczak (2011). The most influential for me was my last, Korczak, when I played Golda Linska at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. We had hollocaust survivors watch us and the last show had a standing ovation that wouldn't let us leave until we did an encore. Incredible.

Lindsay Atherton and Joel Fisher - Korczak 2011 - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT Alumni

Lindsay Atherton and Joel Fisher, Korczak 2011, Rose Theatre Kingston 

Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?

One of my best friends was made at the first show I did in Dublin. We're still 'sisters' from 'the wee girls room'.

Why should people get involved with YMT?

You become part of a family that creates magic. What can beat that? I grew up and learnt so much from each show and my confidence soared.

What would your dream role be?

My dream role is Christine in Phantom of the Opera. I actually just ticked a dream (Rumpleteazer in Cats as 1st cover at the Palladium), which was pretty incredible.

Favourite Shows?

Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Cats, Les Miserables, In The Heights!

Tips for auditions:

Absolutely don't care what anyone else thinks. Follow your impulses.

What/who should young people research in the arts?

Show - Hamilton. Choreographer - Drew McOnie. Company -  Really Useful Group (RUG).

Favourite food?


Ideal holiday?

Half insane water sports and climbing and half beach, tanning... Food. Great food must be involved.

THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?

Scone-gone. Never should it sound like stone.

Lindsay will soon be starring in Starlight Express in Germany! Follow her on Twitter: @linzathy


CATS - Review by Rebecca Wilson


**** (4 Stars)

UK/European Tour

Is it a ‘Memory’ worth keeping?

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking show is on the road once more! Based on T S Eliot’s cat poems, the show embarks upon a new tour all over the UK and Europe. Locations include Plymouth, Cardiff, Birmingham and Rome.

For those of you interested in performing, there’s a workshop with the performers themselves at each location, so check it out! It gives you a flavour of the casts’ job on stage. You will also appreciate how hard they work, as it is easy to forget they’re in full cat make up, 80s leg warmers and lycra cat suits. I must give recognition to the hard-working production team, as each outfit is marvellously hand-painted.

The innovative lighting design, by Harold Eaton, showed off fantastically the high energy, feline frenzy of the cast’s flawless performances. Performers include Sophia Ragavelas, Zizi Strallen and Filippo Strocchi. With the mysterious ‘Macavity’, ‘Magical Mister Mistoffelees’ and dazzling duo ‘Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer’, the show is bursting with character and classy entertainment. Mixing heart-wrenching, goose-bump making songs such as ‘Memory’, made famous by the legendary singer Elaine Paige, along with sassy Rock ‘n’ Roll tunes including ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’, means it’s a show for all the family.

Chrissie Cartwright re-creates Gillian Lynne’s classic choreography and Trevor Nunn’s original direction to make this show a spectacle worth seeing.

So my answer is yes, this is most definitely a ‘Memory’ to keep hold of for generation to come.

CATS is currently on a UK/European Tour, full details here: