A memorable night at Cats

Ben Palmer at Munkustrap in Cats.
Ben Palmer at Munkustrap in Cats.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the musical Cats, will come to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham this month.

Based on T.S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record- breaking adaptation is directed by Trevor Nunn, with choreography by Gillian Lynne and set and costume design by John Napier.

Re-creating the direction and choreography for the tour is Chrissie Cartwright.

Including one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical scores, spectacular set design, extraordinary costumes and stunning choreography, Cats is a uniquely magical musical.

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.

Music, dance and verse fuse together in an enchanting blend of fantasy, drama and romance.

The show is currently on a tour of Europe and the UK - the first time it has been seen in British theatres since 2008.

Cats opened at the New London Theatre on 11th May 1981 and played almost 9,000 performances before closing on 11th May 2002, having celebrated 21 record-breaking years.

On Broadway it was the winner of seven Tony Awards and ran for 18 years, making it second only to The Phantom of The Opera as Broadway’s longest running musical.

The 2013 tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre production of CATS is again presented by David Ian.

Cats is being performed in Nottingham from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 26th April.

Tickets are priced from £39.50 to £15, plus concessions, and are available on www.trch.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0115 9895555.

CATS continues to be a worldwide musical phenomenon; to date CATS remains one of the world’s longest running musicals and has been seen by over 50 million people. It has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities in 26 countries around the world and has been performed in at least 10 different languages.

CATS has featured some of this country’s most famous stage performers including Elaine Paige (‘Grizabella’), Wayne Sleep (‘Mungojerrie’), Bonnie Langford (‘Rumpleteazer’), Paul Nicholas (‘Rum Tum Tugger’), Brian Blessed (‘Old Deuteronomy’), Sarah Brightman (‘Jemima‘) and Rosemarie Ford (‘Bombalurina’ & ‘Grizabella’).