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Cats to come to the Churchill Theatre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 May 2018

Cats ran in the West End for 21 years, and on Broadway for 18 years. Picture: WWOS

Cats ran in the West End for 21 years, and on Broadway for 18 years. Picture: WWOS

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One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical masterpieces will be coming to the Churchill Theatre this month.

The West Wickham Operatic Society (WWOS) will be putting on the Bromley show. Picture: WWOSThe West Wickham Operatic Society (WWOS) will be putting on the Bromley show. Picture: WWOS

Based on T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and with memorable music from the legendary composer, Cats tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles, who make what is known as “the Jellicle Choice”, deciding which cat will ascent to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

The West Wickham Operatic Society (WWOS) will be putting on the Bromley show, and director Kevin Gauntless said that this version will be a new production, with original choreography.

On the timelessness of the musical, which had its world premier in 1981, Kevin said: “The show ran in the West End for 21 years, and on Broadway for 18 years.

“It has many well-known tunes, including, of course, Memory - which is probably one of the most famous of all musical songs.”

The show will be running from May 15 - 19, Picture: WWOSThe show will be running from May 15 - 19, Picture: WWOS

He added: “WWOS have been presenting shows at the Churchill Theatre for 40 years and Cats is a wonderful way to celebrate that anniversary.

“Cats also marks my 40th production with the society as director.”

Kevin said that WWOS’s production will not alter much from the traditional show: “There is no dialogue, it is sung and danced throughout - an exciting prospect and challenging for any company.

“We’ve had two workshops with members of the original cast, which were very exciting and helpful.”

“There is always some pressure directing a well-known show, as everyone is expecting to see the show they know and love.

“Cats is a challenging and exciting show and we are putting our own stamp on it.”

Cats has been presented in over 26 countries and seen by over 50 million people world-wide, and WWOS are excited to finally be holding its premiere at the Churchill Theatre.

Running from May 15 - 19, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday, tickets for the show can be bought from the WWOS Booking Office on 020 8650 1552 or the Churchill Theatre on 020 32856000.

Tickets cost between £22.50 and £26.50.

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