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Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Gillian Lynne Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 21 ans
Nombre : 8949 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 30 avril 1981
Première : lundi 11 mai 1981
Dernière : samedi 11 mai 2002
Mise en scène : Trevor Nunn
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Avec : Elaine Paige (Grizabella), Paul Nicholas (Rum Turn Tugger), Stephen Tate (Asparagus), Wayne Sleep Mister Mistoffoles), Brian Blessed (Deuteronomy), Kenny Wells (Skimbleshanks), Susan Jane Tanner (Griddlebone), Bonnie Langford (Rumpleteazer), John Thornton (Mungo Jerrie), Jeff Shankley (Munkustrap), Myra Sands (Jennyandots) , Sarah Brightman (Jemima)
Commentaires : Based on T.S.Eliot’s children’s book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. Originally Judi Dench was cast as Grizabella but she suffered a leg injury during rehearsals and was forced to leave the show. The lyrics for fragments of T.S.Eliot’s verse, and the song became one of the greatest hits of the 20th Century, with over 600 different recordings. In January 1996 “Cats” became the
longest running UK musical up to that time, overtaking “Chorus Line”, when it achieved its 6,138th performance. On June 19th 1997 it became the longest running show to date in New York.
It played a total of 8,949 performances in London. Its final performance was on its 21 st birthday, 11 May 2002, and broadcast on a large screen in Covent Garden to the delight of fans who could not acquire a ticket for the final performance. It held the record as London's longest running musical until 8 October 2006, when it was surpassed by “Les Miserables”.