The first mainland China stop of the 2018 tour of the world-wide hit musical CATS is right here in Shenzhen from April 5th to the 13th.
Prior to coming to Shenzhen, CATS will make its first China stop in Hong Kong in January. After Shenzhen, CATS will run in Shanghai from June 7th to June 30th then in Beijing from September 22nd to the 27th. In Hong Kong, the show was first schedule to run from January 6th to the 28th, then additional dates were added from January 30th to February 4th, and finally a second set of additional dates were announced for February 6th to the February 11th 2018.
Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Group (RUG), the producer of hit musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats has partnered with one of China’s leading performing arts companies, Shanghai Media Group Live to bring musical theater productions to China.
“Our ambition is that Chinese audiences should enjoy musical theatre productions every bit the equal in scale and quality to those in North America or Europe. Now, in Shanghai Media Group, we have a partner with whom we can achieve this goal,” Lord Lloyd-Webber told The Independent in an interview in August of this year.
Shanghai Media Group Live’s Wang Jianjun told the Independent, “We are excited to be working with RUG to develop musical theatre in China and hope this partnership can grow into a successful case study for international cooperation.”
CATS is one of the world’s best known, longest-running and most successful musicals of all time. It’s the story of the hidden society, rules and manners of felines, based on British poet T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. CATS premiered in London in 1981, winning two major awards for best new musical, and ended after 8,949 performances.
CATS opened on New York’s Broadway in 1982 and won several Tony Awards. It ran for a total of 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, breaking new records in each city.
The musical, which features classic songs such as Memory, Jellicle Cats and Mr Mistoffelees, has been performed professionally around the world and translated into 20 languages.
Tickets for the Shenzhen shows, which will be held at the Nanshan Culture and Sports Center, are on sale now and selling fast so if you’re interested you should move fast and grab your tickets now. The show is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (with 20 minutes interval) will be in English with Chinese subtitles. If you buy tickets before December 31st, you can enjoy a 20% discount off the regular prices ranging from ¥380 to ¥1180.
The following image shows the tickets available as of December 3rd, 2017. Prices shown in grey represent tickets that are already sold out.
How to Buy Tickets:
You can buy tickets online on Damai (大麦网) here.
How To Get There:
The Nanshan Culture and Sports Center is located at: 2106 Nanshan Boulevard in Nanshan District.
By Taxi: 南山大道2106号南山文体中心
By Bus: 79, 122, 337, 369, 390, b796, m222, m241, m371, m372
By Metro: The Nearest Metro Station is the Taoyuan Metro (桃园站), Exit D on the Luobao Line