About the showFast approaching its 30th year in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber's multi-award winning musical is as exciting now as it has ever been before. Set in the gothic Paris Opera House, soprano Christine Daae is enticed by the Phantom's voice to give the performance of a lifetime. Whilst most people think the Phantom doesn't exist, a number of disasters provoke intrigue and panic, resulting in one of the most famous love stories of all time. Featuring a score which includes 'The Music of the Night', 'All I Ask of You' and of course the infamous title track, The Phantom of the Opera is a must see for any theatre fan.
The original production opened at the Her Majesty's Theatre in 1986 and starred Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, the then wife of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show became an instant hit and was London's hottest ticket for years after. The combination of outstanding design, special effects and memorable score had critics and audiences raving, and the musical quickly transferred to Broadway where it is currently the longest running musical, playing at the Majestic Theatre. The show has since been performed all over the world, including a Las Vegas production that was designed to specifically fit a brand new theatre, complete with a a real lake. The show celebrated its 25 anniversary in a glorious concert production at the Royal Albert Hall which starred Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess as Phantom and Christine.
Who Should See It?The Phantom of the Opera is aimed at anyone who enjoys a romantic story and fantastic music. The show features beautiful sets, costumes and special effects that will have you hanging onto the edge of your seat. An outstanding orchestra delivers one of the most recognisable scores that will enchant audiences both young and old. A fresh new cast make this a 'phan-tastic' experience, be it your first time or fiftieth.
Children over the age of 10 will enjoy this spectacular musical, and those under the age of 5 will not be admitted. Please note parental guidance is encouraged.
- Christine Daae - the ingénue of the Paris Opera, who is picked out of the corps de ballet to become an opera star. After taking lessons from her 'Angel of Music', she falls in love with this mysterious figure, thinking it is a guardian sent by her dead father. Once the Phantom's identity is discovered, she and Raoul try to escape, although she becomes absorbed by the Phantom's spell.
- Erik 'The Phantom' - The mysterious deformed creature who haunts the Paris Opera House. He is in love with Christine, and struggles to hold her romantic intentions. He projects her to the forefront of the opera company, writing a specific role for her to sing, which he hopes will make her fall in love with him. He delivers the beautiful 'Music of the Night'.
- Raoul Vicomte de Chagny - The new benefactor of the Paris Opera. A Childhood love of Christine's who falls in love with her after seeing her on stage. He fights against the Phantom for her attentions and plots to put an end to his reign. Sings 'All I Ask of You' with Christine.
- Madame Giry - The strict ballet mistress who knows far too much about The Phantom and fights to protect his tale.
- Meg Giry - Her daughter and friend of Christine who notices her strange involvement with the 'Angel of Music'.
- Carlotta - The 'Prima Donna' of the Paris Opera House who is outraged at Christine's rise to glory. After failing to get through 'Think of Me', she threatens to leave the company, and encounters the Phantom first hand on stage.
- Monsieur Firman and Andre - The new owners of the Paris Opera House who struggle to keep control of the Phantom's reign and the company who continue to disappear. Whilst at first they are sceptical of the ghost, they soon have their eyes open as a 'disaster beyond their imagination' occurs.
- Laurence Olivier Awards 1986: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical.
- Tony Awards 1988: Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design.
- Laurence Olivier Awards 2002: Most Popular Show