Opera House gets the cream from Cats run

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh meet the cast of Cats Blackpool at the Opera House

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh meet the cast of Cats Blackpool at the Opera House

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Cats has proven to be the purr-fect hit for Blackpool’s summer season with tens of thousands heading to the Opera House show.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ends its eight-week run in the town tomorrow and today it was revealed more than than 65,000 people bought tickets to see the show.

The figure compares favourably to numbers for last summer’s hit Mamma Mia!, when more than 100,000 people attended its 12-week run the Opera House.

Blackpool Opera House was the only venue people could see Cats in the UK this summer as the show came direct from London Palladium.

On average, over the 61 performances between July 9 and tomorrow night, more than 1,000 people saw each show.

Winter Gardens managing director Michael Williams said it has been a great summer for the venue.

Mr Williams said: “I am delighted with the success of Cats. It was a huge show to bring to Blackpool and audiences were as blown away by the magnificent staging as they were by all the cast.

“This was no small production. Every element of the show that people had seen at the London Palladium was brought to Blackpool and it was clearly a hit.”

The show also gained media attention as a result of the stars it attracted in the audience – including composer Andrew Lloyd Webber who stunned audiences when he made a flying visit with fellow impresario Cameron Mackintosh last month.

Mr Williams added: “There has been fantastic support for Cats throughout its run. It is always great to see well-known faces attending the shows and supporting the cast but the businesses and people of Blackpool have also supported the show massively.

“This was the third time Cats has been to the Opera House and it is quite clear it is a show that people love whether they have seen it several times before or this was their first time.”