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One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS will return to the Grand Opera House from 5 to 16 November. 

Based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the 2013 tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record- breaking adaptation CATS will be presented by world- renowned producer, David Ian while Chrissie Cartwright will re-create the direction and choreography. The production will feature some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical scores as well as spectacular set design, extraordinary costumes and stunning choreography.

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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. Music, dance and verse fuse together in an enchanting blend of fantasy, drama and romance.

Melissa James as Bombalurina and Lily Frazer as Demeter_Photo Alessandro Pinna

CATS opened at the New London Theatre on 11 May 1981 and played almost 9,000 performances. It closed on 11 May 2002 having celebrated 21 record-breaking years and winning an Olivier Award for Best Musical (1981). On Broadway it was the winner of 7 Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Director) and ran for 18 years making it second only to The Phantom of the Opera as Broadway’s longest running musical.

CATS continues to be a worldwide musical phenomenon; having been enjoyed by over 50 million people to date. It has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities in 26 countries around the world and has been performed in at least 10 different languages. CATS was last seen in the UK in 2008 where it enjoyed a hugely successful tour playing to sell-out audiences across the country. Back by popular demand, the memory of CATS returns with the 2013 tour.

CATS has featured some of this country’s most famous stage performers including Elaine Paige (‘Grizabella’), Wayne Sleep (‘Mungojerrie’), Bonnie Langford (‘Rumpleteazer’), Paul Nicholas (‘Rum Tum Tugger’), Brian Blessed (‘Old Deuteronomy’), Sarah Brightman (‘Jemima‘) and Rosemarie Ford (‘Bombalurina’ & ‘Grizabella’).


To book tickets for CATS at the Grand Opera House, visit or contact Box Office on 028 9024 1919.

Ben Palmer as Munkustrap_Photo Alessandro Pinna


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