Poster of "Cats"[Photo/Sina]
It will be the 15th foreign language version of "Cats" and the first production of a three-year contract signed by Shanghai-based United Asia Live Entertainment and London-based Really Useful Group.
Jo-Anne Robinson, director and dance director of the Chinese version, said she will make every effort to ensure the original flavor of the musical is preserved in the new version.
The companies plan to bring three to five musicals to China in the future.
They succeeded in staging the Chinese version of the popular Western musical "Mamma Mia!" last year.
Translators are currently working to render the English version of "Cats" into Chinese, and rehearsals are expected to begin in April, said Tian Yuan, general manager of UALE.
After "Cats," the two companies are also considering staging a Chinese version of "The Phantom of the Opera," according to Tian.