Since CATS first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world's best known and best loved musicals.
Cats has been translated into ten languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany , Austria and Switzerland),
Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian. The Swiss
production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights. The title of the show has rarely
been translated, The Mexican producers did a survey as to whether the Mexican audience would like their production to be called
Gatos - the response in favour of keeping the English original was unanimous.
The show has not only been presented in theatres, but also in tents in Japan and Korea , an engine shed in Switzerland
, and school gymnasiums across the USA .
While most productions replicate the original show as closely as possible, there have been exceptions to this rule, most
notably, the Norwegian production which placed the action in an attic, the Swedish production which placed it on the rooftops
and the Finnish production whose setting is best described as "futuristic".
The awards that Cats has won include: the 1981 Laurence Olivier award for Musical of the Year, the Evening Standard award for Best Musical
and seven 1982/83 Tony awards including Best Musical, the much-coveted Molière Prize for Best Musical in France, seven out
of ten Dora Mavor Moore awards including Best Musical in Canada and seven awards in Japan.