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Cats at the Birmingham Hippodrome
SEVEN years on since it was purr-formed in Birmingham the incredible musical that is CATS will pad its way back onto the Hippodrome stage next September.
That may seem like a long way off but tickets available to the general public will be going on sale this coming week and theatregoers will be eager to get their paws on them.
After 21 years in London’s West End, 18 on Broadway and being performed across the globe in over three hundred cities, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational show is expected to set off a rush at the box office.
A global phenomenon - it has now been seen by over 50 million people worldwide since it’s London premiere in 1981. t will open at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday, September 9 and run through to Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Obviously not so many performances as in London, where it played for almost 9,000 shows, but its visit to the Midlands is part of a UK tour.
Based on T.S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, Lloyd Webber’s record- breaking CATS tells the story of 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.
The infamous score includes one of Lloyd Webber’s most famous melodies, Memory, made famous by stage actress and originator of the role of Grizabella, Elaine Paige.
It will be directed by celebrated director and previous artistic director of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s National Theatre, Trevor Nunn.
He has overseen some of the West End’s biggest ever hits including Les Miserables, Starlight Express and Sunset Boulevard. Alongside six other Tony Awards including Best Musical, Nunn won Best Director for his work on the production.
Choreography is by acclaimed choreographer Gillian Lynne who, now in her ninth decade, was honoured at this year’s Olivier Awards with a special award for her work in the theatre. Lynne has directed over 50 shows in the West End, on Broadway and on tour and has choreographed major world-wide hits such as The Phantom of the Opera. She was also awarded a CBE for her work in dance in 1997.
Re-creating the direction and choreography for the tour is Chrissie Cartwright.
Tickets are now on sale to Hippodrome Friends, to groups from this Monday, October 14, at 10am and on general sale from 10am on Wednesday, October 16.
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