The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey -
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
But all of them sensible everyday names.
Admetus is usually interchangable with Plato - ie, most productions feature one or the other. He is a quiet tall chorus tom, who generally doesn't stand out. In fact his bland makeup is the secret to his hidden identity - he is also Macavity! His makeup is simple enough to have the striking Macavity design painted on top, and then quickly re-painted for the end of the show. As Macavity has to be strong enough to lift and throw Munkustrap, Admetus is usually a tall, strong tomcat, however his personality is more of a kitten than a mature adult. His one moment in the spotlight as Admetus is that he partners with Victoria, the White Cat, in her mating dance.
The 1997 video of Cats used the name Plato for the cat who also played Macavity, although his costume was that of Admetus. The cat NAMED Admetus, essentially a hardly-seen swing, bears more resemblance to George. Confused? I am!