Published on July 5, 2016
Macavity is a malevolent cat, who shows a blatant disregard for the law or any Jellicle. He attempts to kidnap Demeter when he returned to the junkyard. He is known to cheat at cards and being skilled at eluding the police, Macavity is a well known escape artist among the humans and cats.
Macavity, like Mistoffelees, has some magical powers as he can appear and disappear almost instantly. Every time Macavity comes, the jellicle cats run and hide. He is known as the evil cat that everyone fears.
“ Tall, very strong dancer with classical ballet training, ensemble Baritone (Plato / Macavity should be able to do lifts) ”
— Casting Calls
We first hear about Macavity from Demeter, as every time she is startled she fears it is his approach. After several false alarms, Macavity finally appears. He captures Old Deuteronomy (who is later brought back by Mistoffelees.) He fights with Munkustrap, Alonzo and the other cats as he tries to steal Demeter from them. Bombalurina and Demeter sing about him in Macavity the Mystery Cat (Song). Macavity can give the impression of teleporting due to the use of decoys spaced throughout the theatre.
Macavity is usually played by Admetus or Plato, although in the Japanese Production he is played by an ensemble character still named “Macavity”.
Macavity is described as a ginger tabby. His costume is usually brilliant white, black and red, which combined with the stage lighting makes him a very threatening presence. He is usually dirty or unkempt, with wild, knotted hair created by the costume being covered in fibres rather than brush stroke painting and soft fluffies.
In the Japanese production, he has a cape and top hat, and is red, white and black. His black markings give him the appearance of having a tuxedo vest.