Thanks for your enthusiasm to more than 140,000 visitors!
140,000 visitors enjoyed CATS
After ten weeks of almost sold out performances and more than 140,000 visitors in The Netherlands and Belgium, the London West End Production CATS performed the 81th and final show. Watch the final bows:
The timeless story of CATS moves both young and old: it takes place on the most special evening of the year when the Jellicle tribe of cats celebrate their big ball. Tonight Old Deuteronomy will chose one of the cats to be reborn into a new cat life. Grizabella, the glamour cat who has travelled the world for several years, has come home this very evening. She would love to get in touch with her family again, but she is disappointed to find out that they are not interested in seeing her. The cats’ party is cruelly interrupted when the evil Macavity kidnaps Old Deuteronomy. The cats join forces to free their leader and the wise old tomcat chooses Grizabella to be reborn.
The press was lyrical about the West End London production of CATS.
The performance lasts 2 x 1 hour with a 20 minutes intermission.
A small selection of all the praise the musical received:
“A fantastic and brilliant show”
“A musical triumph”
“A theatre experience bursting with talent”
CATS premiered in London's West End in May 1981. It was the start of a huge hit that still hasn’t ended nearly 40 years later. More than 81 million people have now seen a production of CATS in more than 350 cities in 20 countries.
After its premiere, CATS ran uninterrupted for 21 years in London with about 9000 performances. For years it was the longest running musical in the West End and the musical with the most performances on Broadway and the longest touring history in the United States. In 1983 the Broadway production won no less than 7 Tony Awards, the US theatre industry's equivalent to the Oscars, including the award for best musical. The famous hit song 'Memory' has now been covered by more than 150 artists, including Céline Dion and Barbra Streisand. A brand new world tour of English performances was launched in February 2016. The tour visited the Netherlands snd Belgium in 2018/2019. It was the first time CATS was performed in English in Holland.
No other musical has offered so much energy and spectacle for nearly 40 years.
The show captivates spectators of all ages and cultures. The CATS cast and crew of 57 artists and technicians create this colourful explosion of energy on stage. It has moved and enthused audiences for decades.