Tickets have been selling fast for the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats, which returns to the Congress Theatre for one week only from 22-27 August, and is an ideal summer holiday treat.
This 2015 Olivier award nominated musical is based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
A classic in modern musicals, this legendary production returned to the West End in December 2014 reuniting the original 1981 creative team - director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and, of course, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. It starred Nicole Scherzinger in the famous Grizabella role originally owned by Elaine Paige whose version of Memory is still one to beat.
The story tells how 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 ten 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 including Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Liberace and Barry Manilow.
Performances at 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets £18.50 – £37.50 (concessions and group prices available) are available online at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk or call Box Office on 01323 412000.
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