Cats set for summer in Blackpool

CATS 1 © RUT 2015. Photograph of London Palladium Company by Alessandro Pinna

The London Palladium company of Cats. The musical moves to Blackpool at the beginning of July. Picture: Alessandro Pinna

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier Award nominated musical Cats is to return to Blackpool direct from its successful season at the London Palladium.

The show will run at the Blackpool Opera House for a strictly limited eight-week run from 9 July and the Blackpool performances will be the only place theatregoers can see Cats north of London in 2015.

Cats has a successful history in Blackpool. It first played at the Opera House in 1989 for an unprecedented six-month run. It then returned in 2003 as part of a national tour.

Councillor Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for Tourism and Leisure, said: “I am thrilled to be welcoming Cats back to Blackpool. It has enjoyed huge success in the West End with a sell-out run at the London Palladium, so for Blackpool now to be the chosen location as the show leaves the capital is great.

“The Opera House is the only north west theatre and indeed, the only place north of London where people will be able to see Cats in the UK this year so we are delighted. It is also great for Blackpool that we are attracting such huge shows. Last year we enjoyed fantastic success with the 12-week run of Mamma Mia!, so to be able to boast yet another amazing show for the summer season is an absolute delight.”

Managing director of the Winter Gardens, Michael Williams, said the addition of Cats to the Opera House’s already packed 2015 schedule is the icing on the cake.

Williams said: “The Blackpool Opera House has a great history with Cats so we are thrilled to be welcoming the show back. The success of the show in London in the past year proves that there is always room to see such hugely successful shows return and we look forward to welcoming both longstanding Cats fans and new ones.

“We have an amazing year lined up at the Opera House. We currently have the tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, this will be followed by Lord of the Dance and only a couple of weeks ago we announced the world premiere of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life starring David Hasselhoff. To now be able to add Cats to that mix for our summer season is great for the venue and Blackpool.”

Cats is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as associate director and choreographer and designs by John Napier.

The musical will be at Blackpool Opera House from Thursday 9 July to Sunday 6 September.

www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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