Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats, based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014.
The original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – are reunited to bring “Cats” back to the West End this Christmas. In addition, Lloyd Webber is re-writing the music for two of T. S. Eliot’s iconic poems.
Photographs by Dan Wooller
Tickets for Cats go on sale today, Monday 7th July 2014, with top price seats at £59.50 and children’s tickets at half price for Monday to Thursday performances (see listings information below). Press night will be 11 December at 7pm and casting will be announced shortly.
During the run at the London Palladium the Val Parnell Bar will be open for children to enjoy the full Cats Experience. This will include the opportunity to be transformed by professional make-up artists into one of the show’s infamous cats.
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, one of the longest-running shows in West End and on Broadway, received 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 became the recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years. Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 10 languages and has been seen by over 50 million people world-wide. 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.
London Palladium, Argyll St, London W1F 7TF
6th December 2014 to 28 February 2015
Monday 7th July 2014