There will be a live relay of the last performance of Cats at the New London Theatre this Saturday 11th May in the Piazza in Covent Garden.

Also, the original cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will join 150 other performers for the show's farewell on its 21st birthday. Elaine Paige and Brian Blessed , who launched the record-breaking show, are expected to feature along with Wayne Sleep and Paul Nicholas and dozens who have starred in the show over the years.

Nick Allott, the Executive producer told the BBC, "The show itself will take place as normal but there will be a mass finale which is being choreographed as we speak and we have been working on it since January when the closure was announced....With so many people on stage at once, the places on stage are being worked out to the last centimetre."

Cats burst on to the London stage on 11 May 1981 and completely changed the face of musical theatre history. Opening to rave reviews, it rocketed to success and won a record-breaking number of awards worldwide. The show opened on Broadway on 7 October 1982 and went on to hold a unique position of being the longest running musical in both West End and on Broadway. The phenomenon that is Cats has been performed in front of over 50 million people in over 26 countries, resulting in over £1 billion ticket sales.


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