TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2013
– SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2014
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, and following its
magical Christmas run here in 2006, CATS returns to the New Theatre Oxford for the 2013
festive season.click here to see more photos http://celebrityphotosuk.photoshelter.com/gallery/Cats-at-the-New-Theatre-Oxford/G0000NKLE_9SaGTA/
Based on T.S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-
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 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.
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 an amazing 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; 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. CATS was last seen in the UK in 20o8 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 (‘Mr Mistoffelees’), Bonnie Langford (‘Rumpleteazer’),
(‘Jemima‘) and Rosemarie Ford (‘Bombalurina’ & ‘Grizabella’).
The 2013 tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre production of
CATS is again presented by David Ian.