Magical memories on stage

ANDREW Lloyd Webber’s legendary show CATS will be coming to the Royal and Derngate later this month.

The musician’s adaptation of TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has become one of the longest running shows on the West End and on Broadway.

CATS

CATS

It features one of his most memorable musical scores, spectacular set design, extraordinary costumes and stunning choreography, making CATS a uniquely magical musical which has been touring across the country for the past year.

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.

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

CATS opened at the New London Theatre in 1981 (winning an Olivier Award for Best Musical) and playedalmost 9,000 performances. It closed in 2002 having celebrated 21 record-breaking years.

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.

CATS continues to be a worldwide musical phenomenon, seen by over 50 million people, in over 300 cities in 26 countries around the world. It was last seen in the UK in 2008 where it enjoyed a hugelysuccessful tour playing to sell-out audiences across the country.

It will come to Northampton from Monday, September 30 to Saturday, October 5, starting at 7.30pm each evening, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

Tickets priced from £15 to £38 can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.