Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12-week run at the London Palladium beginning 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 7 July 2014 when casting and further details about the production will be announced.
Cats is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as associate director and choreographer and designs by John Napier. The book is by T. S. Eliot with music by Lloyd Webber. Chrissie Cartwright, long-term associate director of Cats, will work for Nunn and Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.
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 18 years.
Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in more than 26 countries, has been translated into ten languages and has been seen by over 50 million people worldwide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The Lloyd Webber score includes the classic ‘Memory’ which has been recorded by more than 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.