It’s hard to believe it’s nearly 30 years since The Phantom of the Opera first opened in the West End.
2016 marks an important year for Phantom fans and given that it’s still running on Broadway and in the West End after all these years, it’s clear just how popular it’s remained to this day.
But do you know your Phantom of the Opera facts? Let’s take a look at some interesting stats:
• We know it’s a long running show but did you know that as of 11th August 2015, the West End production reached a milestone of its 12,000th performance? That’s some longevity! Not only that, but it’s made it into the Guinness World Records for the longest running Broadway show.
• The musical has been reproduced in 30 countries around the world – that’s a truly universal audience!
• For those of you that remember Steve Harley (from Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel fame), he was originally asked to play the Phantom in London but it was decided soon after that Michael Crawford would be a better casting. Phantom of the Rockera just wasn’t meant to be!
• Back in 1986 when the show first opened, it’s reported that Andrew Lloyd Webber was so nervous about it that he didn’t attend the performance. We’re sure he’s seen it a fair few times since of course…
• The Phantom’s make-up used to take 4 hours to apply but nowadays it takes less than 30 minutes.
• Andrew Lloyd Webber was inspired to write the musical after picking up a used copy of the original Phantom of the Opera book. We bet he couldn’t have imagined just how much it would transform theatre musicals!
• In each Phantom performance there are 130 cast, crew and orchestra members. It’s no mean feat putting on a show of this scale.
Sarah Brightman – who played the original Christine Daae- was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber. She met him when she performed in Cats
It’s a classic musical that is sure to stand the test of time – if you haven’t seen it before then what are you waiting for? Phantom of the Opera is still running in the West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre with bookings up to 26th March 2016 – don’t miss out!