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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-

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 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’),

Paul Nicholas (‘Rum Tum Tugger’), Brian Blessed (‘Old Deuteronomy’), Sarah Brightman

(‘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.

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