The acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS has been thrilling audiences at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since it opened on 6th January 2018. The spectacular production must close on 11 February, 2018, so don’t miss your last chance to catch this legendary musical while you still can! Tickets are available online at www.hkticketing.com, or by phone at 31-288-288. Seats can also be obtained at all HK Ticketing or Tom Lee outlets in person.
James Cundall, Presenter and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, said “I am absolutely delighted the revival production of CATS has received such a warm welcome back to Hong Kong. The outstanding cast has been greeted with standing ovations and cat calls galore by Hong Kong audiences, proving that once again, this stunning masterpiece is delighting a new generation of theatre fans. It’s time to let the memory live again!”
The hit revival was reworked by the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Choreographer & Associate Director Gillian Lynne, Set Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – and opened at the famous London Palladium in 2014, with Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls as Grizabella, and received excellent reviews. The season was such a triumph that it was extended to April 2015, and then returned for a second season from October 2015 to January 2016, with Beverley Knight as Grizabella, whose performance was equally acclaimed.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is alive with our favourite feline characters from the Jellicle tribe of Cats, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks.
On one special moonlit night each year, the Jellicle Cats reunite in a rubbish dump for the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories, extolling the unique abilities and special traits that make them such an exceptional tribe. Their wise and benevolent leader, Old Deuteronomy, must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who left the tribe years ago to explore the outside world, now wants to return to the fold. But she is shunned by the rest of the tribe and can only look back on her glorious past as she sings ‘Memory’.
The poignant song, with its spine-tingling climactic top notes, has become one of the biggest hits from the world of musical theatre, recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.
In addition to the magnificent musical score composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS is renowned for its extraordinary choreography from Gillian Lynne. Her ability to fuse feline movement and almost-human characteristics with contemporary dance moves has resulted in some of the most iconic and energetic choreography ever seen on the theatre stage.
John Napier’s set design is equally inventive. A junkyard playground for cats has been created, specially constructed to a cat’s scale - three and a bit times life size – complete with an abandoned car, massive tyres, a bicycle and about 1,500 pieces of everyday rubbish. The fantastical set spills over into the theatre, with carnival lighting hung all the way to the rafters.
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The ground-breaking 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.
Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages and has been seen by more than 81 million people worldwide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.
CATS is quite simply a phenomenon. Featuring a fantastical oversized set, a superb score, inspired choreography and mischievous costumes and make-up, CATS is a brilliant song and dance spectacular not to be missed.
“The cat’s whiskers…a triumphant piece of musical theatre…”
SUNDAY TIMES, UK
“Magical! The setting is a miracle of design. Go on…purr with pleasure”
DAILY MIRROR, UK
“A brilliantly conceived song and dance spectacular”
SUNDAY EXPRESS, UK
“Many thrilling moments… Extraordinary ingenuity”
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, UK
“ . . Slick and polished . . . great fun.”
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, UK
Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Ian Productions present the Cameron Macintosh and The Really Useful Theatre production of CATS.
Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company.
The Title Sponsor of CATS Hong Kong season is American Express Hong Kong. Official Sponsor is Asia Miles. Official Ocean Carrier is OOCL. Official Hotel is Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong.
Performance Dates: From 6th January to 11 February 2018
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Show Dates Show Times
Tuesday to Friday 7:45pm
Saturday 2:00pm & 7:45pm
Sunday 1:00pm & 6:00pm
Standard Ticket Prices:
$1,245 (Broadway Package), $1,045 (VIP), $845 (A Reserve), $595 (B Reserve), $445 (C Reserve)
$895 (VIP) / $695 (A Reserve) / $330 (B Reserve)
(A set of 4 tickets): $3,580 (VIP) / $2,780 (A Reserve) / $1,320 (B Reserve)
Ticket prices are exclusive of HK Ticketing service charge and courier fees
*A limited number of tickets for Full-time Students and Family packages (a set of 4 tickets) are available in VIP, A and B Reserves for all performances (excluding Fri & Sat evenings).
The event is suitable for age 3 or above. Children under 3 years of age will not be admitted. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Tickets can be purchased via HK Ticketing as follows:
- HK Ticketing hotline: 31 288 288
- HK Ticketing website: www.hkticketing.com
- HK Ticketing outlets: K11 Select, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus-Bethanie, AsiaWorld-Expo, Fringe Club, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, and all Tom Lee Music outlets
For more information, please visit www.lunchbox-productions.com