Now in its 30th record-breaking year, this multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, after more than 12,000 performances.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.
An incredible international cast including Ben Forster as ‘The Phantom’, Nadim Naaman as ‘Raoul’, Michael Matus as ‘Monsieur Firmin’, Christopher Dickins as ‘Monsieur André’, Megan Llewellyn as ‘Carlotta’, Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’, Alicia Beck as ‘Meg Giry’ and Celinde Schoenmaker playing ‘Christine Daaé’.
For decades, the Phantom of the Opera has enchanted millions of people all over the globe, and has been held at the prestigious Her Majesty's Theatre since 1986.
With captivating music by one of Britain's foremost composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, it is the ultimate West End show, with a remarkable set and a truly world-class cast.
The story centres on the feared, disfigured Phantom, who feels deeply ashamed of his appearance, yet he has fallen in love with the irresistibly charming, flawlessly beautiful Christine Daaé, his protegee. The deformed Phantom wants to make the woman he loves into a star, and will do whatever it takes, including murder, in order to keep her on the stage.
The show is the theatrical depiction of the American silent horror film 'The Phantom of the Opera' (1925), which was adapted from the novel 'Le Fantôme de l'Opéra' (1911), written by the eminent French author Gaston Leroux.
Concealing himself beneath the opera house, the Phantom yearns to be closer to Christine, who, much to his dismay, has fallen in love with her long-standing friend Raoul, a kind viscount with photogenic blue eyes. When the Phantom overhears Raoul proclaiming his love for her, he seeks revenge, but when the chandelier suddenly falls to the ground, he disappears for several months, only to return during a ball where he will once again attempt to steal her heart.
Over the years, the show has won a host of coveted awards, including the Olivier Award in 1986 for Outstanding Performance in a Musical (Michael Crawford), the New York Outer Critic Circle Awards in 1988, and an Olivier Award in 2002 for Most Popular Show. In fact, in 2011, to mark its 25th anniversary, The Phantom of the Opera was also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, which comprised three fabulous performances that can now be seen on DVD/BluRay.
Her Majesty's Theatre is a charismatic Grade II listed building that was designed in the 1890s and can accommodate more than 2,000 people. Interestingly, the name of this iconic West End landmark changes according the gender of Britain's reigning monarch, hence it was known as His Majesty's Theatre before Princess Elizabeth became queen in 1952.
The theatre itself has existed since 1705, however, and has hosted many other world- renowned shows, from formidable Shakespearian plays to the musical comedy Chu Chin Chow, which was performed on 2,238 occasions between 1961 and 1921.
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