CATS returns with some musical magic

Ben Palmer as Munkustrap in CATS which returns to The Congress Theatre in Eastbourne in late May. Photograph by Alessandro Pinna SUS-140423-120729001

Ben Palmer as Munkustrap in CATS which returns to The Congress Theatre in Eastbourne in late May. Photograph by Alessandro Pinna SUS-140423-120729001

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One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS returns to the Congress Theatre from Tuesday, May 20 to Saturday, May 31.

Based on T.S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record- breaking adaptation CATS 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 Jelliclechoice 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.

CATS opened at the New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and played almost 9,000 performances and celebrated 21 record-breaking years, winning an Olivier Award for Best Musical in 1981.

On Broadway it was the winner of seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Director) and ran for an amazing 18 years – making it second only to “The Phantom of the Opera” as Broadway’s longest-running musical.