CATS comes to the Mayflower Theatre

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One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, will be at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from Tuesday until June 22.

Based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the adaptation is directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography by Gillian Lynne.

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise leader, announces which of them will go up to the heaviside layer and be reborn into a whole new life.

CATS first opened at the New London Theatre in 1981 and played almost 9000 performances. It won the Olivier Award for Best Musical and on Broadway it won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director.

Having been seen by more than 50 million people, the musical has been performed in more than 300 cities in 26 countries. It was last seen in the UK on a national tour.

CATS has featured well-known performers in the past including Elaine Paige, Wayne Sleep, Bonnie Langford, Paul Nicholas and Sarah Brightman.

Tickets: £19 to £37 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, on (023) 8071 1811 or go to