Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking Cats will return to the London Palladium for a final ten week season from 23 October 2015 – 2 January 2016. Tickets, from £20 with top price seats at £59.50 and children’s tickets at half price for Monday to Thursday performances, are released for sale on Thursday 14 May 2015. Casting for this strictly limited season will be announced shortly.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the West End in December last year reuniting the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nicole Scherzinger and then Kerry Ellisplayed the role of Grizabella in this sell-out Palladium run. In July this year Jane McDonald will play Grizabella in an 8 week season at Blackpool Opera House.
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.
Photo: Alessandro Pinna