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Cats had its German premiere in Hamburg on 18 April 1986 at the Operettenhaus. The production played over 6,100 performances, before closing on 28 January 2001 after almost 15 years. Cats was the first commercial musical production in Germany, paving the way for shows like The Phantom of the Opera and Starlight Express.

Production Specifics

The Hamburg production was loosely based on the same team's 1985 Australian production, not the comparatively local German-language Vienna Production. The costumes had their own version of John Napier's original design; Alonzo's costume was brown and black and Sillabub's costume was golden (it became red/purple soon after the release of the video). Also the make-up and wig designs were completely unique.

The Hamburg version of the show was much brighter and more cheerful than the productions in London and Vienna. The size of the cast (22 cats) and the names of the cats (Sillabub, Pouncival, Tumblebrutus, Genghis/Dschingis) were based on the Broadway production. Although there had already been a translation by Michael Kunze for the 1983 Vienna production of the show, the whole musical was re-translated because of copyright reasons.

Hamburg used the HH Nap 9 set that was designed to fit this particular theatre.

Creative Team

Cast

Role Cast
Original Cast, April 1986
Alonzo / Rumpus Katz Erique Redd
Asparagus / Bustopher Mürr Stephan Drakulich
Bombalurina Charlotta Thorell
Cassandra Amanda Corbishley
Coricopat Jürgen Wallraff
Demeter Sabine Hettlich
Grizabella Andrea Bögel
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Nancy Nordine
Jenny Fleckenfell / Gumbie Katz Karin Ploog
Mistoffelees Paul Porter
Mungojerrie Steve Kadel
Munkustrap Hartwig Rudolz
Old Deuteronomy Walter Reynolds
Plato / Macavity Eric Clausell
Pouncival Adam Horton
Rum Tum Tugger Fred Butter
Rumpleteazer Janette Froud
Sillabub Pauline Cooke
Skimbleshanks Paul Keller
Tantomile Sharlie Pryce
Tumblebrutus Juca Dumont
Victoria Barbara Wäldele
Swing Alan Stuart
Swing Eddie Jordan
Swing Ferdinand Lundahl
Swing Hans Langen
Swing John Wiseman
Swing Ulrich Talle
Swing Denise Norton
Swing Evelyn Hanack
Swing Jutta Elenz
Swing Morenike Fadayomi
Swing Sabina Schneebeli
Swing Susanna Bottlinger

Further Hamburg Casts

Gallery

1986

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1987

1988

1989

1990

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August 1991

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1992

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1993

Portraits re-printed from earlier photoshoots.

1995

1996

1997

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1998

1999

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2000

Undated

Art

Videos

1999 (August 21)

Trivia

  • In 1996, the Hamburg cast staged a drag parody of the show for a special in-house event, with the female performers playing the male characters and vice versa.
  • Many performers from this production would later go on to do the Broadway production vice versa
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