Based on T. S. Eliot’s "Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats," Cats is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as associate director and choreographer and designs by John Napier. Chrissie Cartwright, long-term associate director of Cats, will work for Nunn and Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.
In the show, "all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball on just one special night of the year, 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 original West End production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, and ran for 18 years at the Winter Garden Theatre. Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 26 countries, has been translated into 10 languages and has been seen by over 50 million people worldwide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The classic Lloyd Webber score includes "Memory," which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow. The classic song was originally sought in London by Elaine Paige and on Broadway by Betty Buckley.
Cats was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.