Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats is heading back to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run at the London Palladium commencing early December 2014. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, tickets for this production will go on sale on Monday 7th July 2014. Casting and further details about the production will also be announced on 7th July 2014.
On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Cats is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as Associate Director and Choreographer and designs by John Napier. Book is by T. S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Chrissie Cartwright, long term Associate Director of Cats, will work for Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.
Cats, one of the longest-running shows in West End and on Broadway, had its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production won seven Tony awards including Best Musical, it subsequently ran for eighteen years. From its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 26 countries, been translated into 10 languages and has been seen by over 50 million people around the world. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The classic Lloyd Webber score includes Memory which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.
Cats was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.
Friday 27th June 2014