ONE OF the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Cats, is heading for His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen as part of a major new tour for 2013.
The hugely popular musical will premier in Edinburgh, before beginning a two-week run at the city centre theatre on March 4 – six years after it was last performed in HMT in February 2007.
Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record- breaking adaptation 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 and Cats features one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical scores, spectacular set design, extraordinary costumes and stunning choreography.
The musical fuses together music, dance and verse when 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 opened at the New London Theatre in May 1981 and played almost 9,000 performances, closing in May 2002 having celebrated 21 record-breaking years and winning an Olivier Award for Best Musical (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.
It continues to be a worldwide musical phenomenon; to date Cats remains one of the world’s longest running musicals and has been seen by over 50 million people. It has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities in 26 countries around the world and has been performed in at least 10 different languages. It last toured in the UK in 2008.
The 2013 tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre production of Cats is again presented by David Ian.
Tickets for Cats are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by ‘phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.